A key player in the Central Otago fine wine industry has been listed as a finalist for the new and prestigious international ‘Future 50’ awards.
Nick Paulin from Aotearoa New Zealand Fine Wine Estates (AONZ) was shortlisted from more than 600 global nominations for the awards, which were launched this year by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and the International Wine and Spirit Competition. The group’s goal is to ‘unearth the industry’s up-and-coming talent’ by honouring 50 top young professionals under 40 years old who are working around the world in the wine and spirits industry.
“I feel humbled to be nominated; it’s a nice feeling to be on the shortlist and a little pat on the back for hard work thus far in my career,” said Paulin.
The 35-year-old started his organic winegrowing career at Felton Road before becoming the viticulturist at Peregrine Wines; he now works as estate manager for AONZ’s Lowburn Ferry and as the biodynamic/organics manager at Pyramid Valley.
He told the Wanaka Sun that his favourite wine that he has tasted recently is the 2009 Pyramid Valley Calvert Pinot Noir. “I guess it’s quite a unique thing to the wine industry is that we get to enjoy the fruits of our labour, [which is] satisfying for all the hard work that goes into growing the wine, to sit back and enjoy a glass of [it].”
Paulin, who works in the vineyard and on several boards and committees, said he is committed to making Central Otago a place where both vines and people can thrive. “This is my goal and one of my driving forces: to produce amazing fruit, with minimal impact on our planet,” he said.
The ‘Future 50’ judges will be interviewing those included on their shortlist before announcing the winner in November.