Congratulations to Ben Richards from Indevin who became the Bayer Marlborough Young Viticulturist of the Year 2018 on Friday 13th July. This is the second consecutive year Richards has competed in the National Final, however he was representing Hawke’s Bay in 2017 as he was working at Indevin’s vineyards there and finishing his degree at EIT. At the start of this year he was promoted to Viticultural Technician for Indevin and moved to Marlborough, so is delighted to represent his new region in this year’s National Final.
Congratulations also goes to Jaimee Whitehead from Matua who came second and Dan Warman from Constellation who came third.There were eight competitors in the competition which was held at Giesen Cellar Door. “It was great to see how some of last year’s competitors had developed and upskilled over the year, as well as see new faces in the competition” says Nicky Grandorge, the National Co-Ordinator. “This shows the value of the competition to individuals as well as the industry as the whole as we grow our future leaders.”