Young Viticulturist of the Year

Celebrating excellence in viticulture

We're proud to help grow the future of viticulture in New Zealand by supporting the Young Viticulturist of the Year. Aimed at young viticulturists under 30 years old, the competition is an opportunity for contestants to upskill, develop confidence, meet current and future viticulture leaders and grow their own profile within the industry.

Fruitfed Supplies is proud to have sponsored the Young Viticulturist of the Year since its inception in 2005.

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Proud to support viticulture's future leaders

Contestants attend education days around the country, and compete in one of six regional competitions held during June and July, with the national final held at the end of August/beginning September. 

Skills are tested with a mix of practical and theoretical questions which include pruning, netting, machinery, pests and diseases, budgeting, nutrition, wine knowledge, trellising and an interview. They tackle a fun and challenging hortisports section and enjoy a BBQ lunch provided by the local Fruitfed Supplies team, before attending an awards dinner where each contestant gives a speech.

The Young Viticulturist helps us all stay focused on the fact that wine quality starts in the vineyard. As we recognise and support the young people in this sector, we help strengthen the New Zealand wine industry as a whole.

Duncan Fletcher, Fruitfed Supplies National Manager

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