Top honours for Mudbrick Viticulturist
Mudbrick assistant vineyard manager, Tim Adams (29), has become the first person to win the northern young viticulturist of the year competition. The national competition is in its eleventh year, and this is the first time it has been run for the Auckland and Northland wine regions.
Held at Mudbrick this year, in association with major sponsor Bayer, the competition tested a full variety of viticultural skills. The contestants battled in the mud and rain through a gamut of tasks, including pest and disease identification, machinery usage, budgeting and plant nutritional requirements.
The day was capped off with an evening event where over 100 people from the local and greater wine industry enjoyed dinner and wine put on by the exceptional hospitality staff at Mudbrick restaurant. During the course of the dinner contestants were tasked with a Wine Options test, identifying wines from around the world, and had to deliver a short speech on a viticultural topic.
Tim started working at Mudbrick in 2012, joining Vineyard Manager Nick Otto and Winemaker Pat Newton, after completing a post-graduate diploma in wine sciences at the University of Auckland.
“Winning a competition like this really is just a result of the skills and knowledge I have gained by working at Mudbrick,” said Tim. “It is ultimately a reflection of the time and energy Nick and Pat have invested in me over the years.”
By winning the regional competition, Tim will take part in the national final, held in conjunction with the Bragato wine conference in Marlborough this August.
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