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The Sun

Friday September 20, 2019

Emily from Spy Valley is the Young Winemaker of the Year Emily Gaspard-Clark from Spy Valley Wines took out the national final to become the 2019 Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year. Following the regional finals held around the country in August, the three finalists competed on Tuesday at NMIT for the title. The other finalists were Kate Franklin from Sacred Hill representing Hawke’s Bay and Jordan Moores from Felton Road representing Central Otago. It was a tough day as the three were stretched and tested on their winemaking knowledge and skills at a very high level. Firstly they had a week to prepare a presentation entitled: Is New Zealand wine export growth sustainable? It seems our future is in good hand’s competition coordinator, Nicky Grandorge, says. They had all undertaken some serious research and really thought about the future of our industry, offering very well thought out plans and ideas so we can remain sustainable for many years to come. They then had a general wine knowledge and essay paper, an interview and a CAPEX paper. This was followed by wine judging and running fining trials in the labo-

ratory. Farmlands laid on a gourmet BBQ lunch to keep everyone going. Their final challenge was to give a speech to the large crowd at the Awards Dinner held at Wither Hills. Their topic was What makes your region the best wine producing region in New Zealand? Needless to say there were some very passionate speeches, each proud of the uniqueness of their region and what it contributes to the NZ wine industry. The calibre of contestants was very high and they all won at least one of the tough sections, with Emily finally gaining the most points across the board. Not only did Emily win the prestigious title of Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year 2019, but the trophy which is a bespoke mini barrel. She also won an educational trip to Burgundy, a $2000 Programmed Property Services Education Scholarship, a Riedel decanter, a mixed case of wine from Winejobsonline and cash. She will also be an Associate Judge at the NZ Wine of the Year competition, receive a personal tasting experience with a Villa Maria senior winemaker and attend the NZ Wine Awards in November.

RIGHT: Emily Gaspard-Clark from Spy Valley Wines with the bespoke mini barrel which is her Young Winemaker of the Year trophy.

Caring contact for workers

Sue Bulfield-Johnston has taken up the role of a Workplace Champion at the Marlborough District Council.

The work to stop violence in Marlborough has moved into the workplace. The Government has now introduced 10 days leave for the victims of domestic violence, and the Marlborough Violence Intervention Project (MVIP) has introduced Workplace Champions to help people get the help they need from their workplaces. Sue Bulfield-Johnston is a Workplace Champion at the Marlborough District Council, and says the role is a pretty new one at council. She says the Workplace Champion is to provide a neutral, sympathetic ear. Essentially, if someone is

giving or receiving any form of abuse or bullying, this role is someone you can talk to, not to provide counselling, but a conduit to any services they might wish to access. MVIP approached the council and several other businesses to set up volunteer Workplace Champions, and Sue responded when the councils HR department put out the call for interested people. Sue works in the councils regulatory department and says she responded to do the role as a way of contributing. Another council staff member has signed up as well, but is yet to finish training. Workplace Champions are

trained on how to offer first support and on how to find the right agencies to help the person make contact with, and they are trained and supported by MVIP. MVIP is running another course for potential Workplace Champions, starting next Monday, September 23, and running for three Mondays in a row, from noon to 2pm generally. To join the course or for more information on Workplace Champions and the Marlborough Violence Intervention Project, contact Deedee Bancroft through champions@ mvip.co.nz or the website: www.mvip.co.nz