New Zealand wineries are being targeted to enter their most promising young staff into this year’s New Zealand Young Wine Professional Competition in Auckland on Sunday 28 July run by the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals.

This competition recognizes the importance of people working with wine beyond the sommelier role.

The New Zealand Young Wine Professional Competition is open to entrants throughout the country who work at cellar door, in retail and other areas of wine businesses.

“The hospitality and wine world has opportunities for many diverse careers, not only in restaurants but also for people working as wine professionals, in sales and marketing. The New Zealand Young Wine Professional competition can provide an outstanding platform to showcase these skills and help people to become better communicators about wine,” says Hay.

The Sommelier of the Year and the New Zealand Young Sommelier of the Year competitions will also be held on Sunday 28 July at the New Zealand School of Food & Wine.

“If wineries have someone on their staff who is really shining in their cellar door sales, then we would love them to have a go and champion this aspect of the wine industry.”

A travel scholarship of $200 is available to applicants from outside the greater Auckland/Northland area.

Wine professionals can enter this year’s New Zealand Young Wine Professional competition here:

https://www.sommelier.co.nz/awards/young-wine-professional.