GRAPE EXPECTATIONS

The Landing’s Jake Droomgool is in the running for the Young Viticulturist of the Year award.

Every year, New Zealand’s best young viticulturists are found through the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year series of competitions. This year, 2018, marks the thirteenth year of the competition, which gives viticulturists aged 30 years or under the opportunity to up-skill, grow in confidence and widen their network. Over the past 13 years, the series has continued to grow and there are now six regional competitions that culminate in a national final which this year will be held in Wairarapa, in conjunction with the Romeo Bragato National Conference.

This year, The Landing’s Jake Droomgool won the Auckland and Northern competition at Goldie Winery on Waiheke and will go into the national finals. It’s a tough competition, testing all aspects of vineyard management, making it a very prestigious title to win. The contestants undergo a mix of practical exercises 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 quick-fire buzzer round and also give a speech at the awards dinner.

Jake has previously competed and placed as a regional finalist, so he’ll be gunning for the top title this year. We’re very proud of Jake and what he has achieved at The Landing, and wish him all the best for the finals. To read a short interview with Jake about last year’s competition, click here.

The National Final

Venue: Palliser Estate
Date: Monday 27th August

The winner will be announced at the Bragato dinner on 30th August in Wellington.