Young Viticulturist wins Young Horticulturist of the Year 2018
A huge congratulations to Annabel Bulk from Felton Road for becoming the Young Horticulturist of the Year 2018. Having
won the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year competition at the end of August, she went on to represent the
viticultural sector in this tough and prestigious competition.
The competition was held over the 7th and 8th November, where Annabel competed against five other finalists from other
horticultural sectors - Landscaping NZ, Horticulture NZ, NZ Plant Producers, NZ Flower Growers and NZ Amenity
The contestants were tested in depth on a wide range of skills and knowledge related to horticulture. This included
their own specific sectors as well as Irrigation & Technology, Botany & Machinery, Bees & Biosecurity, Fertilisers & Soils, HR, Agchem, First Aid, leadership skills, presentation skills, budgeting and community engagement.
Several weeks were also spent working on the AGMARDT Market Innovation Project. Contestants had to submit a business
plan for a new product they would like to develop and launch, then were later quizzed by a panel of judges on its
They also had to give a speech at the Awards Dinner in front of a large audience of key horticultural leaders.
“Without a doubt, it is a very tough competition,” says Nicky Grandorge, National Co-ordinator for Young Viticulturist
of the Year. “Annabel has worked extremely hard and the wine industry is incredibly proud of her winning this
prestigious competition. Annabel has a deep passion for viticulture, a thirst for knowledge and a natural ability to
share this. She is a fantastic ambassador for viticulture and has all the qualities to grow into one of the future
leaders of our industry.”
Annabel is the seventh Young Vit to win the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition in the fourteen years it has
been running. “It is exciting to know the New Zealand wine industry has such strong leaders emerging for the future. The
Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year plays an important role in this leadership development and then the support,
mentorship and experience they receive from taking part in the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition builds on
this even further” says Ms Grandorge. “It’s fantastic for the individual and fantastic for horticulture as a whole”.
Not only did Annabel win the prestigious title of Young Horticulturist of the Year 2018, but an amazing prize package
which included $7500 travel package, $3500 Riversun Nursery Scholarship and $1000 ICL Specialty fertilisers. She also
won the Fruitfed Supplies Leadership Award, the Horticentre Trust Community Engagement Award and came second in the
AGMARDT innovation project, which also significantly boosted her prize package.
Annabel Bulk certainly has a very bright future ahead of her.
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