For three days 13 expert wine judges swirled, sniffed, tasted and debated 1,319 different wines to select 2016's top drops at the 14th annual New World Wine Awards. Find out more about the awards below and browse the Wine Finder to find your top drop.
Looking for a top drop? Use our Wine Finder to browse our glorious Gold medal winning wines and discover a new favourite.
Champion Sauvignon Blanc that will lift the crunchy texture of Vietnamese prawn summer rolls, as well as being the perfect aperitif.
Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Our online guide makes it easy for you to find the perfect drop to suit your tastes and your menu. Discover more about pairing wine with different food flavours and textures.
The Chair of Judges, Jim Harré, carefully selected 12 experienced wine judges for the 2016 New World Wine Awards. He specifically sought well known and well respected judges, who could provide a range of expertise on different styles and varietals of wine.
Wine tasting is a fun way to learn about wine with like-minded friends. You can sample new wines, develop your interest and recognition of wine varieties, plus make exciting discoveries of new and different wine styles.
The Champion Sparkling for 2016 displays classic fresh baked bread aromas, toasty clean citrus flavours with fresh thirst-quenching acidity and a fine dry finish.
Champion Sparkling Wine
View the medals awarded to more than 750 wines
This is a great wine to share, particularly with friends over a slow-roasted pork shoulder
Champion Pinot Noir
Primarily we produce wines in New Zealand that are a reflection of the varietial character and for the most part are one variety dominant, for example Chardonnay. To learn more about the different grapes and the wines they make, have a read through our articles.
In recent times Wine Shows have been created, especially in Australia, United States, South Africa and New Zealand, initially as a way of producers to bench-mark themselves against other wines and wineries. As these shows have evolved, they have added significantly to the increase in quality of wines from these regions.
In 2016 we celebrated the fourteenth year of our highly regarded wine competition judged by an independent panel of wine experts.
Our helpful tips will help you sample new wines, develop your interest and recognition of wine varieties, plus make exciting discoveries of new and different wine styles. Become a wine expert with our bluffers guide.
All wine shows in New Zealand and overseas have two parts to them – the front and the back. The front is the judging room and has judges who come from a variety of fields from winemakers, wine retailers, wine consultants and wine writers. The back room is covered by stewards.
Increase your enjoyment of wine by finding out more about vintage, winemaking, serving and cellaring, the history of wine.
Summer in a bottle and not surprisingly our Champion Rosé.