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Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition

Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition

  • 23rd June
  • 2020 Education Day
  • 23rd July
  • 2020 Competition Date

Recognising that great wines begin in the vineyard, the Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year competition celebrates the future of viticulture.

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Marlborough Wine Show

Marlborough Wine Show

  • Entries Open
  • 31 August 2020
  • Entries Close
  • 25th September 2020
  • Celebration
  • Friday 30th October 2020

The Marlborough Wine Show is an event dedicated to showcasing and celebrating NewZealand’s leading wine region. It reviews and assesses wines produced from a minimum of 95% Marlborough grapes, using three panels of experienced judges led by Chair, Jack Glover and rewards top-performing wines with trophies, gold, silver and bronze medals.

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Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker of the Year Competition

Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker of the Year Competition

For emerging winemakers, the Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker of the Year Competition is an opportunity to strengthen their skills and become future leaders within the winemaking community.

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Cellar Door of the Year

Cellar Door of the Year

The Marlborough Cellar Door and Cellar Door Personality of the Year awards were created to celebrate and promote the brilliant cellar doors and cellar door hosts that ensure our Marlborough wine story is proudly shared with both visitors and locals.

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Wine Race

Wine Race

As Marlborough celebrates the release of new vintages, the Wineworks Wine Race is intent on getting those releases to the market in Wellington. But to do so they have to cross one of the world’s most notorious stretches of water – Cook Strait.

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Cellarbration

Cellarbration

CELLARBRATION (previously Cellar Door Day) will now become a weekend event over Labour Weekend. Come and explore the Marlborough wine region, visit some of the 30 plus cellar doors, and enjoy the cellarbrations! Plan your weekend and view the full list of events here.

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Marlborough Wine & Food Festival

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival

Marlborough’s best day out with more than 40 local wineries, foodies and top Kiwi bands held in one of Marlborough’s most stunning vineyards. Join us in Marlborough for New Zealand's best and longest running wine and food festival.

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Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition
Multiple Dates

Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition

  • 23rd June
  • 2020 Education Day
  • 23rd July
  • 2020 Competition Date

Growing the future of the New Zealand wine industry. 

The Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition is now in its fifteenth year. This initiative provides a fantastic opportunity for Young Viticulturists (30 years or under) to upskill, grow in confidence, widen their network and start making a name for themselves within the industry.

The competition is based on six regional competitions, culminating in a national final. Please visit the website for a full list of all region competition dates and full terms and conditions. 

Education Days will run around the country during June to help prepare the contestants for the competition. 

The contestants must undergo a mix of practical and theoretical questions which include pruning, netting, machinery, pests and diseases, budgeting, nutrition, wine knowledge, trellising and an interview. They go head to head in the BioStart Hortisports race, a quickfire buzzer round and also give a speech at the awards dinner.  

It is a tough but rewarding experience and the winner certainly earns the prestigious title of Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year. There are also some amazing prizes to be won at the regional and national competition.

The competition is run entirely on the generosity of sponsors who not only support the competition financially but also with their time and expertise.  A huge thank you to the competition's National sponsors.

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Marlborough Wine Show
Multiple Dates

Marlborough Wine Show

  • Entries Open
  • 31 August 2020
  • Entries Close
  • 25th September 2020
  • Celebration
  • Friday 30th October 2020

The Marlborough Wine Show is an event dedicated to showcasing and celebrating NewZealand’s leading wine region. It reviews and assesses wines produced from a minimum of 95% Marlborough grapes, using three panels of experienced judges led by Chair, Jack Glover and rewards top-performing wines with trophies, gold, silver and bronze medals. 

2019 Trophy Results

2018 Trophy Results

All Marlborough Wine Show Results

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Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker of the Year Competition
16 September 2020

Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker of the Year Competition

For emerging winemakers, the Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker of the Year Competition is an opportunity to strengthen their skills and become future leaders within the winemaking community.

Founded in Marlborough in 2014, the competition has grown to become an important event for the wine industry. It is open to anyone aged 30 or under who is involved in wine production.

Contestants are tested on a wide range of skills and knowledge, all relating to winemaking.

The winner of the Tonnellerie de Mercurey Marlborough Young Winemaker of the Year Competition will carry on to compete in the National final against the other regions.

The competition is made possible thanks to the generosity of our National sponsors.  

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Cellar Door of the Year
1 October 2020

Cellar Door of the Year

Marlborough is home to more than 30 Cellar Doors, attracting local and international visitors by their thousands.

The Marlborough Cellar Door and Cellar Door Personality of the Year awards were established to not only celebrate the very visual face of the wine industry, but to ensure that the Marlborough wine story is proudly shared by all.

Each year, the cellar doors and hosts are scored by a number of mystery shoppers before the hosts compete in a quick-fire buzzer quiz relating to Marlborough’s wine industry at an industry get-together.

 

2019 Cellar Door of the Year: Cloudy Bay 

2019 Cellar Door Personality of the Year: Joint Winners Blair Macdonald from Bladen Wines and Nina Huria-Bryce from Yealands

 

2018 Cellar Door of the Year: Forrest Wines.

2018 Cellar Door Personality of the Year: Karen Marchant of Whitehaven WinesWhitehaven Wines.

 

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Wine Race
23 October 2020

Wine Race

As Marlborough celebrates the release of new vintages, the Wineworks Wine Race is intent on getting those releases to the market in Wellington. But to do so they have to cross one of the world’s most notorious stretches of water – Cook Strait.

The Wine Race is hosted by the Waikawa Boating Club, with wineries partnering with privately owned yachts. Two divisions head up Wellington Harbour, veer round Somes Island and finish just out from Seaview Marina where Lowry Bay Yacht Club welcomes the fleet.

Since the race began in 2001, it has not only grown in size but vigour. This event has become a highlight on the New Zealand Offshore race calendar.

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Cellarbration
23 October 2020

Cellarbration

Celebrate with us on Labour Weekend 2020! Across New Zealand, local wineries will throw open their cellar doors to celebrate this annual event, with special offers including cellar door discounts, food & wine pairings, tastings of library wines, and special releases.

Whether you want to sip, dine, stay or play, head to a wine region near you and support your local cellar doors. View the full list of events here

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Marlborough Wine & Food Festival
13 February 2021

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival

Save the date in your diary, Saturday 13th February 2021 and please visit our website.

View our showreel of the 36th year, celebrating Marlborough's famous wineries accompanied by some of New Zealand's best Chef's and food producers.

To sign up for event ticket announcements please email [email protected]

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