Fri, Jul 8, 2022 12:00 PM

Tahryn Mason takes out Marlborough Young Vit Competition


Matt Brown

Villa Maria’s Tahryn Mason has been announced Marlborough’s Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year.

A frosty but sunny start to yesterday’s competition saw the six contestants throw themselves into viticultural challenges such as trellising, pruning, machinery, budgeting, nutrition and Pest & Disease in a bid to win the coveted title.

Tahryn’s win at Giesen House yesterday secures his spot at the national final in August, which will be held in Marlborough this year.

Competitors racing to prune a vine at Giesen's Stump Creek Vineyard.

It’s not the first time Tahryn has competed at nationals, but it’s his first representing Marlborough.

He previously competed in the National Final in 2020 when he represented Auckland. Having moved to Marlborough a couple of year ago, he is delighted to now represent the region he now calls home.

It’s been a busy few months for Tahryn as not only has he been studying hard for the competition, but he recently became a father for the first time, making his win feel even more special.

The Hortisports required the young viticulturists to taste, prune, mix, build and even tested their lungs.

Congratulations also to Jess Marston from Giesen Wines who came second and to Daniel Clearwater from Constellation Brands who came third.  The other contestants, Zac Howell from Villa Maria, Claudia Clark from Constellation Brands and Kris Godsall from Whitehaven, all impressed the judges with their knowledge, skills and positive, professional attitude throughout the day.

The BioStart Hortisports attracted a large crowd who also enjoyed a delicious BBQ provided by Fruitfed Supplies.

Tahryn won $1000 cash, an educational trip with Corteva and an AEG chainsaw. He will now be in with the chance of winning even greater prizes at the National Final.  These include a Hyundai Kona for a year, an Ecotrellis travel grant, an educational visit to Australia with Corteva, Bahco electronic and golden secateurs, AEG power tools and cash.

Giesen House, in Rapuara, is at their Stump Creek Vineyard.
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