Answers to common questions about the New World Wine Awards competition.

How much does it cost to enter?

The entry fee is $80 + GST per wine. An invoice with payment instructions will be sent with your entry confirmation.
For non-New Zealand suppliers the entry fee is NZ$80 per wine plus a NZ$25 bank clearing fee. The supplier must pay any customs or excise duty that is charged on imported samples.

What are the entry criteria under for under $25 wines?

For the under $25 classes, from which the top-ranked Top 50 Gold medal wines scoring 95 points or more (95+) are selected for the six-week nationwide promotion, wine from any country can be entered and there is no restriction on the number of wines you can enter. The entry requirements are that wines:

  • Have a minimum stockholding as shown on the Class Schedule.
  • Retail under $25, so have a normal day-to-day invoice price without terms or promotional discounts to Foodstuffs of $16.40 or under per bottle, excluding GST
  • From overseas wineries have New Zealand representation and distribution
  • Can be supplied to Foodstuffs DC in outers of 6 bottles if selected for the Top 50
  • Be made solely from grapes.

What are the entry criteria for the over $25 wine classes?

We’ve have classes for selected New Zealand wines retailing over $25. These are shown on the Class Schedule and are for New Zealand Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Red Blends plus bottle fermented Sparkling and Rosé. These can come from anywhere in New Zealand, as last year’s regional requirement has been dropped. The entry requirements are:

  • You can enter up to five different wines per brand across the over $25 classes
  • Multiple brands may be entered by an entrant
  • You need to have 1,000 bottles of each wine available for sale.
  • Wines retailing over $25 have a normal day-to-day invoice price without terms or promotional discounts to Foodstuffs of $16.40 or over per bottle, excluding GST.

How do you judge the wines, especially the low alcohol wines and over $25 wines?

Entries are judged using a double blind identification system and randomised repours to ensure every wine is treated equally. Wines are scored on the 100-point system and medals are awarded as appropriate: Gold 95 points and over (95+), Silver 90 to 94 points, Bronze 85 to 89 points.

Wines are judged in vintage order, younger before older. The Chief Steward, Shona White, ensures judges don’t taste any of their own wines entered into the competition.

To avoid any possible bias, wines marketed as lower or reduced alcohol that are entered in Class 15 will be judged within their varietal class. Similarly, wines in the over $25 classes will be judged in their varietal class with the under $25 wines.

How do you select the Top 50 and Champion wines under $25?

Following its successful introduction last year, a new layer of judging ensures the very best Gold medal wines scoring 95+ and retailing under $25 are in the Top 50 selection. Under $25 wines that have scored 95+ in each class are re-tasted and ranked by panel Chairs. These top ranked wines form the Top 50 selection.  In addition, the top three wines of each varietal are then presented to the entire judging panel to determine the ten Champion wines. The entire judging panel then selects the Champion White and Champion Red wines.

What are the sales opportunities for top-scoring under $25 wines outside the Top 50?

For under $25 Gold medal wines scoring 95+ that fall outside the Top 50 selection, Foodstuffs will inform all retail banners of this opportunity around great quality affordable wines after the New World Wine Awards promotion has finished.

Also with the move to the 100-point judging scale, all wines scoring 85 and above (Bronze, Silver, Gold) will be given their scores. The medal and score can be used to market your wines domestically and overseas. 

What happens to the top over $25 wines?

This is an exciting new area that Foodstuffs is keen to explore and develop over time through the Premium NZ Selection. For wines scoring 95+, Foodstuffs will work with entrants to get an SAP code for their wine(s). In order to get an SAP code, new suppliers to Foodstuffs will be invited to go through the process to be set up as a Foodstuffs approved supplier.

Once they have an SAP code, wineries will then be able to approach all Foodstuffs banner stores (New World, Pak’NSave, 4 Square, Henry’s, Gilmours, Trents) to stock their wines.

Foodstuffs will also communicate the details of these wines and their SAP codes to all banners stores to make them aware of the opportunity on Gold 95+ over $25 wines.

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

On Tuesday 26 June, entries will be confirmed by email. This communication will include an invoice for entry fees, instructions for sending sample bottles and labels to be printed to apply to sample bottles.

Sample bottles must be received by Friday 13 July. Please email the Competition Director at nwwa@foodstuffs.co.nz if your wine won’t be bottled by this date. Late samples can be accepted until Thursday 26 July by arrangement.

Four sample bottles are required for judging each 750ml wine. Siz sample bottles are required for judging each 375ml wine. For more detail around non-vintage wines, lot numbers, packaging formats, temporary labels, second bottling and closures, please refer to points 31 to 44 in the T&C.

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

Just email the Competition Director at nwwa@foodstuffs.co.nz to withdraw your wine. Unfortunately 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 Friday 3 August 2018. 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 under $25 medal results and the Premium NZ Selection over $25 medal results will be confirmed by email from the Competition Director.

What happens if my wine scores 95+ and wins a Gold medal?

The Competition Director will email the supplier of each Gold medal wine scoring 95+ on Friday 3 August with the good news!

  • If your under $25 Gold medal wine scoring 95+ 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 8 August to confirm these points. If everything stacks up, you’re in the Top 50 six-week nationwide NWWA promotion! Foodstuffs will guide you through the process step by step.
  • If your under $25 Gold medal wine scoring 95+ isn’t selected for the Top 50 or falls outside the competition criteria, the Competition Director will be in touch on Thursday 9 August to confirm next steps.
  • For over $25 wines scoring 95+, the Competition Director will be in touch on Thursday 9 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 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 95+, Silver (90-94 points) and Bronze (85-89 points) medal stickers will be available to purchase from Friday 3 August 2018. Order form details will be emailed by the Competition Director with the judging results.

For over $25 wines, Premium NZ Selection Gold 95+, Silver (90-94 points) and Bronze (85-89 points) medal stickers will be available to purchase from Friday 3 August 2018. Order form details will be emailed by the Competition Director with the judging results.

You’ll receive your New World Wine Awards and Premium NZ Selection medal certificates and a roll of 1,000 medal stickers for each Gold 95+ and Silver medal-winning wine during week commencing 3 September. 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 nwwa@foodstuffs.co.nz

Entries closed 22 June.

All enquiries are welcome - please contact the Competition Director:

Rachel Touhey, Foodstuffs NZ
Phone 0272 163 986
email nwwa@foodstuffs.co.nz 

  • Conditions of Entry

    Terms and conditions of entering the 2018 New World Wine Awards.  see more

  • Overview

    Welcome to the New World Wine Awards, a competition for commercially available wines from New Zealand and overseas that retail under $25. Now in its 16th year, this show is unique in its focus on affordability and availability of the wines entered, and the results are eagerly anticipated by consumers each year.  see more

  • Dates and deadlines

    Important dates for the 2018 New World Wine Awards competition.  see more

  • Classes

    Find out classes and minimum volume requirements for entry.   see more