The search is on for an up and coming winemaker to be crowned the Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year for 2019.
Now in its fifth year, the first of three regional finals will be held this week with winners from each representing their region in the national final.
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The competition tests many of the key skills and knowledge required to become a top quality winemaker and is open to under 30 year olds involved in wine production.
This includes those working as cellarhands, laboratory technicians, assistant winemakers and winemakers.
It is aimed at stretching the contestants, increasing their confidence, widening their networks and supporting them to grow and develop into New Zealand's future leaders and winemakers.
The North Island regional competition will be held on Thursday 1st August at EIT in Hawke's Bay and is open to all emerging young winemakers in the North Island.
The Marlborough competition will be held on Wednesday 7th August at NMIT and the Central Otago competition on Thursday 15th August at VinPro in Cromwell.
The National Final will take place on Tuesday 17th September at NMIT in Marlborough and the national winner will be announced the same evening at the awards dinner at Wither Hills.
Greg Lane from Foley Family Wines in Marlborough was the winner last year.