Nick Paulin with his trophy for winning the Markhams Young
Viticulturist of the Year contest, flanked by New Zealand
Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan (left) and Sam
Bassett, from Markhams. Photo by Emma Taylor.
The Central Otago wine industry is happy to bask in some
reflected glory after a local man won the national Young
Viticulturist of the Year contest.
Central Otago Winegrowers Association president Nick Mills
said the win, by Peregrine Winery vineyard manager Nick
Paulin (28), was wonderful news, especially as it was the
first time a Central Otago competitor had taken top honours.
It was great to see Mr Paulin's talent being recognised at
national level and his achievement would reflect positively
on the Central Otago wine industry, Mr Mills said.
"We're all really proud of him and he's very much liked in
the industry as well. It's good to see so many talented young
people coming through the ranks in the industry."
Mr Paulin was one of three viticulturists who went to
Burgundy in 2006 on the first exchange organised between
French and Central Otago viticulture students, wine-makers
and education staff.
The exchange was organised by the Otago Polytechnic Cromwell
campus and the winegrowers association.
His prize package from the national contest includes $5000
worth of travel. Mr Paulin plans to return to France and also
visit Italy and Germany, to study grape growing in those
He was proud to be the first Central Otago person to have
their name engraved on the contest trophy.
"It's good to put Central Otago on the map again and it shows
that our industry is just as strong as any other wine-growing
area in the country."
The other contestants represented Auckland, Hawkes Bay,
Martinborough and Marlborough.