Otago’s Annabel Bulk takes out Bayer Young Viticulturist title

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A combination of practical and theory excellence saw Annabel Bulk win prestigious Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2018 title

An assistant viticulturalist at Felton Road, Annabel is thrilled to have taken the win in a strong field and to bring the trophy back to Central Otago – just the second time it has gone to the region (previously with Nick Paulin in 2011).

Annabel is also the first woman to win the competition since Emma Taylor took the title in 2007. 

"It is encouraging to see that more women have entered the competition around the regions this year and it is a great achievement for Annabel to take out the overall title as she excelled in both practical and theoretical sections," says national co-ordinator Nicky Grandorge.

"Viticulture is certainly an exciting and varied career for both men and women."

Annabel’s prize package which includes a Hyundai Kona for a year, $5000 AGMARDT travel grant, $2000 cash, Bahco golden secateurs, glassware and a leadership week where the winner travels around New Zealand to meet influential people from the within the wine industry as well as leaders from other industries. 

She will also go on to represent the wine industry in the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition in November.

Congratulations also to Scott Lanceley from Foley Family Wines in Wairarapa who was runner up.  He also showed a wide range of knowledge and skills across all the sections and good leadership qualities. 

Jake Dromgool from The Landing in Kerikeri placed third. The first national finalist from Northland, he was proud to draw attention to the wines of his home region. He has also recently released his own label, 144 Islands.

Judges and sponsors commented that the calibre of finalists seemed to have jumped another level again this year, as all contestants shone in their knowledge and professionalism.  The other finalists who gave Ms Bulk some serious competition were Jono Hunt from Delegat’s Hawke’s Bay, Ben Richards from Indevin in Marlborough and Zoe Marychurch from North Canterbury.

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