Bayer Hawkes Bay Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015 announced

Congratulations to Caleb Dennis from Craggy Range who became the Bayer Hawkes Bay Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015 last week and now goes through to the National Final.   This annual competition is now in its 10th year and has become an important fixture in the viticultural calendar, giving young vits the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge as well as make a name for themselves within the industry.

After an action packed day Caleb beat 7 other contestants to take the Hawkes Bay title.  Anton Luiton from Constellation came second and  Will Krippner from Indevin Partners came third.

Contestants completed a wide range of activities including  questions on budgeting, pruning, plant diseases, machinery, irrigation and grafting, as well as having an interview, a quick fire question round and delivering an after dinner speech. 
Questions are set by the national and local sponsors who are all specialists in various aspects of the industry.  The standard of entries was very high, showing a strong future for the viticultural industry in New Zealand.

The annual Biostart Hortisports race also took place which included apple bobbing, hula hooping as well as tougher challenges like reversing a quad bike and trailer, setting up an irrigation system and sawing a barrel in half.

Hawkes Bay was the first region to hold their final on 2 July at Te Awa Winery.  Central Otago, Marlborough and Martinborough will hold their finals throughout July.  (17th, 24th & 28th respectively) The National Final to find the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015 will be held in conjunction with Bragato over 25-27 August and this year will be in Hawkes Bay.

As well as gaining the title, the national winner will be awarded a $5000 travel voucher from NZSVO, 1 years full lease of a Hyundai Santa Fe, $2000 cash,  wine glasses and leadership training.  They will also secure a place in the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition representing the viticultural industry.