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Frequently Asked Questions

2020 New World Wine Awards competition


How much does it cost to enter?

In recognition of the challenging economic environment, for 2020 the entry fee has been reduced to NZ$70 + GST per wine. An invoice with payment instructions will be emailed on Tuesday 30 June.

What are the entry criteria for under $25 wines?

The top-ranked wines under $25 will be selected for the five-week nationwide New World Wine Awards promotion. Entry requirements are:

• The wine must retail under $25. If the wine’s normal retail price is under $25 in either New World North Island or New World South Island then the wine is eligible for entry. If the wine isn’t stocked in New World the normal recommended retail price (NOT promotional price) must be under $25.

• The wine must have the minimum volume requirement as shown on the Class Schedule

• Wine from any country can be entered

o Overseas wineries must have New Zealand representation and distribution

o Wines from overseas must have the minimum volume requirement in New Zealand at the time of judging

• The wine can be supplied to Foodstuffs DC in outers of 6 bottles if selected for the Top 50

• The wine must be made solely from grapes

How do you judge the wines, especially the low alcohol and Orange wines?

Judging events will be held in Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough and Central Otago as a ‘first round’. These regional hubs will have panels of three senior judges and wines will be judged Gold, Silver, Bronze and no award. All top scoring Silver medal and Gold medal wines will then go through a second round of judging where the final scoring, ranking for the Top 50 selection and varietal Champions will be awarded. The panel for the second round of judging will be Jim Harré, Sam Kim and Simon Nunns.

Entries will be judged using a double blind identification system and the Chief Steward, Shona White, will ensure judging rigor is maintained whilst working within the requirements for physical distancing etc.

To avoid unintentional bias, wines marketed as lower or reduced alcohol that are entered in Class 14 will be judged within their varietal class. Orange wines entered in Class 15 will also be judged within their varietal class but noted to the judges as being Orange. 

When do I send samples and how many bottles do you need?

Entries will be confirmed by email on Monday 29 June. This communication will include instructions for sending sample bottles and labels to be printed to apply to sample bottles.

In principle, wineries will be asked to send their samples to the region denoted on the wine’s label (for example, all Marlborough wines will go to the Marlborough judging event). All sparkling, emerging varietals and overseas wines will be sent to and judged in Auckland. Exact details will be confirmed by email on Monday 29 June after entries have closed.

Sample bottles must be received by Friday 10 July. Late samples can be accepted until Friday 17 July by arrangement.

For the first round of judging in the regional hubs, the following are required:

• For wine packaged in 750ml or 375ml bottles, two sample bottles are required for judging 

• For wine packaged in cans or bottles less than 375ml, 6 samples are required for judging

If the wine scores high Silver or Gold, the second bottle will be sent to Auckland for the second round of judging.

Suppliers of the top ranked wines selected for the Top 50 will then be asked to provide two more sample bottles for photography and for Jim Harré to write the tasting notes.

For more detail around non-vintage wines, lot numbers, packaging formats, temporary labels, second bottling and closures, please refer to points 30-42 in the conditions of entry

What if I enter but sell my wine before judging so don’t have the minimum required volume?

Just email the Competition Director at [email protected] to withdraw your wine. Unfortunately, for withdrawals made after 10 July, entry fees already invoiced won’t be refunded as the work to process the entry has already been completed.

When do I get the results and when can I tell everyone if I win a medal?

All results will be confirmed by email to the entrant’s email address on Monday 3 August 2020. All results are confidential and embargoed until the public embargo is lifted. The dates of lifting the public embargo for the New World Wine Awards will be confirmed by email from the Competition Director.

What happens if my wine is a Gold medal-winner?

The Competition Director will email the suppliers of the 50 top-scoring wines on Monday 3 August with the good news!

• If your under $25 wine has been ranked highly and selected for the Top 50, you’ll be asked to confirm your wine meets the entry criteria listed above. You’ll have until midday Wednesday 5 August to confirm these points. If everything stacks up, you’re in the Top 50 nationwide NWWA promotion! Foodstuffs will guide you through the process step by step.

• If your under $25 Gold medal wine isn’t selected for the Top 50 or falls outside the competition criteria, the Competition Director will be in touch on Friday 7 August to confirm next steps.

What happens if I win a Silver or Bronze medal?

You’ll receive a medal certificate and a roll of 1,000 medal stickers for each Silver medal wine, and Bronze medal stickers are available to purchase. We strongly recommend you use your medal stickers to piggy-back on the New World Wine Awards promotional activity to sell your great value, great quality wines.

Do you have medal stickers to promote the awards?

Yes, for under $25 wines New World Wine Awards Gold, Silver and Bronze medal stickers will be available to purchase from Monday 3 August 2020. Order form details will be emailed by the Competition Director with the judging results.

You’ll receive your under $25 New World Wine Awards certificate and a roll of 1,000 medal stickers for each Gold and Silver medal-winning wine during week commencing 31 August. The cost of these stickers is included in the entry fee. Wineries should sticker medal winning wines, after the public embargo has lifted, until the vintage or lot runs out to leverage the publicity generated by the awards.

Medal sticker images for social, digital and print use are available on request from [email protected] 

Information about the 2020 competition

Dates and deadlines - Key dates for the 2020 New World Wine Awards competition.

Conditions of entry - Terms and conditions of entering the 2020 New World Wine Awards.

Classes and volumes - Judging classes and minimum volume requirements for entry.

Overview - Introduction the 2020 New World Wine Awards competition

Entries closed 26 June 2020.

All enquiries are welcome and can be directed to the Competition Director: Rachel Touhey, Foodstuffs NZ
[email protected]