The young people who look after the province's vineyards will be going head to head on Friday.
Markhams Young Viticulturist of the Year competition aims to find a national viticulture representative to compete in the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition, and to celebrate the young talent in our region.
The winners of the regional event will go on to compete at the national final at the 2012 Bragato conference in Marlborough.
To enter, a viticulturist must be 30 years of age or under at December 31, 2012, and working fulltime in the viticultural industry.
Participants must have worked in a practical, hands-on position for the past two years.
Registration is at 9.30am at the Marlborough Research Centre in Budge St, Blenheim, on Friday with competition starting at 10am.
The competition includes practical tasks from the vineyard and questioning on grape-growing theory.
There will also be a light-hearted "horty sports" section.
A formal dinner will start at 6pm and will include presentations by the competitors plus a general knowledge quiz round.
At 9pm the Markhams Marlborough Young Viticulturist of the Year, as well as other award winners, will be announced.
Entry forms are available from the Wine Marlborough office at 85 Budge St, Blenheim.
- The Marlborough Express