Peregrine Wines vineyard technician Annabel Angland won the Corteva Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year prize at the Otago Polytechnic’s Central campus, Bannockburn, last Thursday.
The practical modules were followed by a dinner and prize presentation at the Bannockburn Hotel that evening.
‘‘It was a really amazing last night.
‘‘It is a really good competition and the organisations and the industry and Peregrine have been so supportive.’’
She will represent the region at the 15th annual national finals in Martinborough in October.
Ms Angland (24) is in her fourth year with Peregrine Wines and it was the third time she had entered the competition. She has been offered help to prepare for the national competition from her employers, past winners and other industry people.
She comes from a sheep and beef background. Her parents managed Waipori Station near Lawrence for 14 years.
She decided to study viticulture at Lincoln University, at 15.
‘‘A friend’s sister had gone to work in vineyards in California and France and she told me about the opportunities in the wine industry.
‘‘Wine appealed at school as it fitted in with my interest in chemistry and biology and I like working outside doing something physical and producing something tangible.’’
She studied at Lincoln University for her bachelor of viticulture and oenology degree.
‘‘My first job was with Peregrine as an intern after graduation and I’ve been here almost four years.’’
Her job involves ‘‘data collections, moisture monitoring, yield estimates and checking soil quality.’’