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Young Viticulturist of the Year

Bayer sponsor Young Viticulturist of the Year

-  Young Viticulturist of the Year competition to receive $25,000
-  Bayer CropScience committed to finding solutions for New Zealand market

Bayer New Zealand is getting behind the future of the New Zealand wine industry through a $25,000 sponsorship for the Young Viticulturist of the Year competition. The competition, which aims to foster and enhance the knowledge of the young leaders in the viticulture industry, is currently in its tenth and largest year.

Bayer has been involved in the competition for many years, although this is the first year as the naming rights sponsor. As a global leader in providing a range of crop protection products and solutions Bayer’s CropScience division sees the competition as a unique opportunity to become involve with the future of the viticulture industry.

“Bayer is passionate about the future of viticulture and horticulture in New Zealand,” says Bayer New Zealand Managing Director and CropScience Country Head Holger Detje.  “We wanted to make a bigger contribution to the future of the industry and strongly believe that supporting young leaders is the best approach. This is what the Young Viticulturist of the Year competition is all about and why we’ve stepped up our support,” explains Detje.
“It not only gives participants extra knowledge and confidence, but also the opportunity to meet other young vits from around the country, to share ideas and to network. This in turn benefits the wider industry, now and in the future.”

Bayer has a strong presence in New Zealand and its CropScience business is the market leader in crop protection products.
“We are proud of our investment in New Zealand and equally proud to be supporting young viticulturists,” adds Detje.

Emma Taylor, National Coordinator of the competition is excited to see Bayer come on as the naming rights sponsor. “We see Bayer as an ideal partner as they are a strong research-based supporter and supplier of innovative technologies to the grape industry. We are looking forward to working with Bayer for this year’s competition,” says Emma.

Bayer supplies several products for grape growth and protection including fungicides Teldor, Scala, Serenade Max and Impulse, which are highly effective for controlling key diseases in grapes.


Other products include insecticides Movento 100SC and Confidor that provide solutions for controlling mealybugs; and Buster for controlling weeds.

The Young Viticulturist of the Year competition kicks off in June with the regional finals held in New Zealand’s main grape growing areas: Hawkes Bay, Central Otago, Marlborough and Martinborough. The overall winner will receive $2000 cash, $5000 travel and a spot in the Young Horticulturist of the Year Grand Final.