Will Krippner and Alice Rule did extremely well at the Hawke's Bay Young Viticulture competition this year, making Indevin very proud.
Will is a permanent vineyard worker at Indevin and has enjoyed working outdoors amongst the vines for about two years. 

Before coming on board at Indevin Will had been undertaking wine making and grape growing degrees at EIT, Hawke's bay. Will said "I continue to learn new things with every season that comes along and each year I look forward to the challenge and experience offered from doing the young viticulturist competition."

Alice has been working through a contractor in the Hawke's Bay vineyards, she also trialed Drones during vintage for bird scaring. Alice is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Precision Aerial Technologies, she is passionate about improving data collection methods on vineyards using multi-spectral cameras and thermal imaging services.

Will won two categories, Budget and Machinery and came third overall.  Alice won Pest & Disease, well done to both of them.


Shane Speakman (GM Viticulture and Supply) has taken on the challenge to develop three new Marlborough vineyards this year. The Waihopai Vineyard and Selmes Road property will be planted with 30 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc apiece while Grantham Street vineyard at Grovetown, is 15 hectares in size and will also be planted with Sauvignon Blanc. All three vineyards will be planted this year and are expected to reach full production by 2018. 



Indevin Hawke’s Bay was delighted to enter William Krippner - aka ‘Kryptonite - in this year’s ‘Young Viticulturist Awards’. Will was ‘green’ to vineyards when he started with us at the Phoenix and Twin Rivers vineyards ten months ago, despite being half way through a viticulture degree. His background is in film and drama, including a degree in filmmaking, making his progress even more remarkable!

Will was up against seven other talented young people for the award, including a three-time winner who ultimately took the award out for a record fourth time. Will did Indevin proud by achieving first place in the budgeting section and excelling in the other categories.

The awards are a great opportunity for young viticulturists to network, make friends and hone their skills. The day concluded with a dinner at Villas Te Awa winery, where contestants were required to make a speech. Will’s presentation on the Gimblett Gravels appellation was well received.

Other Indevin staff involved in the event were: Fraser Agnew, Hawke’s Bays vineyard supervisor, who judged the pruning section of the competition and Andy Dodds and Carson Green who entered the inaugural grape race for older viticulturalists. The latter missed out on a first placing by one point and both say they will be back for revenge next year!

Will intends to try his luck again in 2015 and we have high hopes that he will bring home the big award in the near future.

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