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Here comes Young Winemaker 2013!
Young Winemaker season is officially open, and nominations are now invited for the coveted title of Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year 2013.
To be eligible, winemakers must be Australian or New Zealand residents aged 35 or under; and must be principally responsible for the creation of 3 submitted wines.
Three awards will be in contention: two Popular Choice categories (Supporters' Choice and Finalists' Choice), and the grand prize: Young Winemaker of the Year.
Nominations will close on August 30 2013. In mid September The Wine Society panel of judges will labour for 2 full days of blind tasting, to shortlist just 10 Finalists. A secret day of final judging will follow to determine the winner of the ultimate title for 2013.
On Monday 11 November 2013, the top ten Young Winemakers will be joined by industry VIPs, selected media and special guests to be part of the judging process to select the Finalists' Choice and Supporters' Choice awards. Then later that evening – at a swank and intimate dinner – the three winners will be (figuratively) crowned!
Young Winemaker of the Year is all about promoting and rewarding excellence; and providing opportunities for the talented young winemakers of Australia and New Zealand.
The title comes with a cash prize, and heaps of kudos, so if you are a youthful winemaker and have created a couple of cracker wines, Young Winemaker is for you! (Or maybe the brilliant young winemaker is a friend of yours – if so, get nominating).
Last year, New Zealand dominated the awards, with Malcolm Rees-Francis from Rockburn Wines taking out the Finalists' Choice award; and Villa Maria's Nick Picone walking away with the Big Kahuna. Steve Baraglia from Naked Run Wines took out the Supporters' Choice award – and prevented a New Zealand landslide. Who will take out the title this year? Well, it won't be you if you don't nominate.
Remember, nominations close at 5:00pm sharp, on Friday 30 August 2013. Don't miss out on your chance to win!