In the lead up to the Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year National Final 2021, we get to know a bit about the regional finalists from around the country.
"We are excited to be ramping up again for 2021," says Nicky Grandorge, National Coordinator. "This is an important initiative which gives many passionate young viticulturists the opportunity to upskill and start making a name for themselves within the New Zealand wine industry."
Now in its 16th year, the competition tests young viticulturists on everything involved with running a vineyard and being a successful viticultural leader, from soil nutrition and trelising to budgeting, biosecurity planning and public speaking.
They also have to think on their feet in the BioStart Hortisports race where the challenges are never predictable.
3 June - Auckland, Waiheke
10 June - Hawke's Bay
17 June - Wairarapa
1 July Marlborough
8 July - South Island Regional, held in North Canterbury
15 July - Central Otago
25-26 August - National Final, Marlborough