|Moore Stephens Markhams Young Viticulturist Competition|
In 2006 the first Young Viticulturist Competition began, with regional competitions throughout New Zealand culminating in the Finals which were held in conjunction with the Romeo Bragato Conference.
Since the inception, this competition has attracted a high caliber of entrants from throughout the country and is now recognized within the industry as being a leading accomplishment for young viticulturists to aspire to and achieve.
The regional competitions include: completing set tasks at a number of work stations, Horty Sport (where the contestant completes diverse activities), a General Knowledge Quiz and presenting a speech on a given topic.
The winner of each regional sector then competes in similar events on Tuesday 27 August 2013 with the quick fire questions being held during the Romeo Bragato Conference on Thursday 29 August and the final speeches being made during the formal Bragato Dinner.
The Moore Stephens Markhams Young Viticulturist Final winner goes on to enter the Grand Final of the Young Hort of the Year for the 2013 competition. This competition has been won by the Young Viticulturist winner in 2006 (Marcus Wickham), 2007 (Emma Taylor), 2009 (Caine Thompson), 2010 (Stuart Dudley) and Braden Crosby upheld the tradition in 2012 thus demonstrating the high standard of this competition and the competitors.
For more information contact:
National competition organiser
Villa Maria Estate
Phone 021 412 953
For information on the regional competitions, please contact the below coordinators.
Please contact email@example.com or call 06 833 7440 for more information, or if you are from the following regions you can contact:
Contact - Mike Saunders
Contact Central Otago Winegrowers Assoc - Natalie Wilson
P: 03 445 4499
Contact is Andrea Craig
P:03 577 9299 extn 5
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Moore Stephens Markhams www.markhams.co.nz
Cellar Selection Sponsors:
Constellation New Zealand www.constellationnz.com
Orchard Rite - www.fruitfed.co.nz
New Zealand Winegrowers
Moore Stephens Markhams Young Viticulturist Entry Form and Rules
For a copy of the 2013 entry form and rules (for reference), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
NZSVO Travel Grant
The organisers of the Moore Stephens Markhams Competition would like to thank the New Zealand Society for Viticulture and Oenology for their sponsorship of a Travel Grant for the grand winner of the competition. This travel grant will enable the winner to visit other grape growing regions and we are extremely grateful for this support.
Winner of the 2013 Moore Stephens Markhams Young Viticulturist of the Year|
Matt Fox placed fourth in the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition, but Emma Taylor – the National Coordinator of the Moore Stephens Markhams Young Viticulturist competition said “He did our entry proud”.
Fresh from winning the 2014 competition, Matt says he entered the competition to test and benchmark himself within the industry. He believed that if he can find his weaknesses he could work on them to develop strengths.
Matt was one of four finalists who had competed in the nationals before, and, even with his previous experience, only a point separated first and second place getter.
With hardly time to raise a celebratory glass, Matt went straight into a planning seminar with the other five finalists for the AGMARDT Market Innovation Project, a written project within the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition.
Matt was confident that some of the skills he used in the Moore Stephens Markhams Young Viticulturist competition would be applied to the Young Horticulturist of the Year. These included the public speaking and performing general tasks that cover multiple industries.
“I knew there would be a lot of sleepless nights, and it was going to be challenging, but I was looking forward to it,” said Matt pre competition. As vineyard manager for DW Briant’s Glencoe Vineyards in Gisborne, Matt’s responsible for the day to day running of the business, organising all field operations and communicating with the wine companies that they supply. The family owned business has customers in Gisborne, Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay and Auckland.
Matt has a Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science Degrees. The four year, double degree has “cut down the time to climb the corporate ladder”, explains Matt. “These days you need a tertiary education, it’s what the industry look for.”
Part of his prize is a travel grant supplied by NZSVO. “You gain so much more than just the travel,” he says. Recognition within the viticulture and the wider horticulture industry, as well as networking opportunities are a significant attraction for Matt.
A seasoned traveller, Matt’s been working as a winemaker between the northern and southern hemispheres, taking in Australia, Canada and France over the past two years. “I’ll never know everything, but I want to try and learn as much as I can.”
Matt appreciates the support from his parents, family and fiancé, as well as from the industry.