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2020 Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year Competition

Location: New Zealand


Event Date: 6 November 2020

Please check the organiser website for any changes due to COVID-19.

Contact Details

Contact: Nicky Grandorge
Association: New Zealand Winegrowers
Telephone: 021 780 948
Email: [email protected]


The Young Winemaker competition supports up-and-coming winemakers, creating networking opportunities and building a strong emerging winemaker community.

Now in its sixth year, the competition is open to those under 30 involved with wine production. This includes cellar hands, cellar managers, those working in the laboratory, assistant winemakers and winemakers. If places are available, those studying for a degree in winemaking may also be able to compete and are certainly welcome to any associated events.

The Young Winemaker competition aims to help ambitious and passionate young people become future leaders of the NZ wine industry.  It is a fantastic opportunity for emerging young winemakers to grow, develop and advance their careers.

The competition tests the contestants on a wide range of skills and knowledge required in the winemaking process.  For example blending, laboratory tests, viticultural knowledge, tasting analysis, Health & Safety, presentation skills and market knowledge.

In 2020, there will be three regional finals from which each winner will go through to represent their region in the National Final.

Competition Dates

  • North Island, held in Hawke’s Bay – Friday 4 September 2020
  • Central Otago – Thursday 10 September 2020
  • Marlborough – Wednesday 16 September 2020
  • NATIONAL FINAL – Friday 6 November 2020

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