2020 Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year


The 2020 Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year Competition is now underway

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Young winemakers around New Zealand are rejoicing the news that the 2020 Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year Competition is set to go ahead after ongoing uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

Entries are now open for the 2020 Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year Competition, with plans well underway for regional competitions to take place throughout September and the national final in November.

The competition is open to those under the age of 30 involved in wine production. This includes cellar hands, cellar managers, laboratory technicians, assistant winemakers, and winemakers. The competition helps stretch the ambitious contestants as well as help them widen their network and start making a name for themselves.

Contestants are tested on all aspects of winemaking including blending, blind tasting, fault finding, CAPEX, laboratory tests and delivering presentations on hot topics within the industry.

This year there are three regional competitions: 

  • North Island, held in Hawke’s Bay – Friday, 4 September 2020
  • Central Otago – Thursday, 10 September 2020
  • Marlborough – Wednesday, 16 September 2020

These culminate in the National Final being held in Hawke’s Bay on Friday, 6 November 2020. "We are thrilled these competitions can go still go ahead" says Nicky Grandorge, leadership and communities manager at NZ Winegrowers.

"This is such a positive initiative and over the last few years we've seen some very talented young winemakers come through, which is great for the future of our industry." Last year’s winner was Emily Gaspard-Clark from Spy Valley in Marlborough.

The competition is made possible thanks to sponsors Tonnellerie de Mercurey, Crown Sheetmetal,  Farmlands, Guala Closures NZ, Laffort, O-I Glass, Programmed Property Services & Winejobsonline.

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