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Clyde’s Simon Gourley has been crowned the 2019 Young Horticulturist of the Year, capping off a fruitful year for the 28-year-old winemaker.

It was the second consecutive win for Central Otago’s wine sector after Bannockburn’s Annabel Bulk won the corresponding award in 2018.

Earlier this year, Mr Gourley was named 2019 New Zealand Wines Young Viticulturist of the Year. The Domaine Thomson Wines viticulturist said it was a privilege to be involved in the competition and to represent the wine industry.

“It was hard work and strong competition to get to this point. But I’m feeling pretty good now and definitely happy the award has gone to Central Otago for the second year in a row.”