Wine Shows and competitions have developed as a way for producers to bench-mark themselves against other wines and wineries, and they have added significantly to the increase in quality of wines. Discover how the competitions work, and how a wine becomes a gold medal winner.

  • Wine competitions and what the medals mean

    Wine has always been on show - an agricultural product that has always stood alongside other products like meat and vegetables on display in village fetes and market days, probably since Roman times.  see more

  • The Judging Process

    We’re delighted to celebrate the 15th year of our highly regarded wine competition judged by an independent panel of wine experts.  see more

  • The Back Room

    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.  see more

  • Meet the Wine Awards Judges

    The Chair of Judges, Jim Harré, carefully selected 15 experienced wine judges for the 2017 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.  see more