Celebrating 15 Years of NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year competition

Members of the New Zealand wine industry came together recently to celebrate 15 years of the Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition


The celebration included a conference entitled 'Investing in the Future' as well as the opportunity for the viticultural community to discuss the future of the industry, and look back over the last 15 years.

Since 2006, the NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year initiative has helped support and encourage ambitious young people to become confident, strong leaders in the NZ wine industry. Investing in the future has paid off and there are many inspirational success stories of previous contestants and winners becoming some of the great innovators, pioneers and decision makers of the industry today. 

The Young Vit community tackles hot topics such as: future vineyards, future consumers, organic, biodynamic and conventional farming, sustainability, overseas investment, the limitations and opportunities that come with experience as well as investing in ourselves for a sustainable future.

The 2020 national final was run in conjunction with the 15 Year Celebrations and Rhys Hall was announced as the fifteenth winner that evening.

The celebration brought together alumni, sponsors and wine industry members from around the country.

"After a very challenging year, it seemed extra special to be able to gather, reminisce and look forward," says Nicky Grandorge, leadership and communities manager at NZ Winegrowers and national co-ordinator of the competition.

"With these big thinking, ambitious young leaders now in senior roles, it seems the future is in great hands."

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