Annabel Bulk was thrilled to receive a Hyundai Kona Elite yesterday as the premium prize for winning the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2018.

She will have full use of this trendy Hyundai SUV for a year, which will be perfect for driving around Central Otago where she lives and works. Bevan Meiklejohn from the Central Otago Motor Group took the especially branded Kona Elite out to Felton Road where Ms Bulk works and handed over the keys on behalf of Hyundai.

Ms Bulk is over the moon and says the Kona is really cool to drive. “It is now really sinking in that I won the competition. It’s fantastic!”

National Co-Ordinator, Nicky Grandorge says the competition is hugely grateful to Hyundai and their continued support. They have sponsored with the premium prize for the last five years. The Kona, which is marketed as being “bold, confidant and individual” is the perfect fit for the competition. It is targeted at drivers who are intrepid and adventurous, which is exactly the attitude of the Young Vits who push themselves to reach their goals and become the future leaders of the wine industry.

Annabel Bulk won the prestigious Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition 2018 after winning the Central Otago regional competition in July and then the National Final at the end of August. She is the second woman to take out the title in the thirteen years the competition has been running.