Congratulations to the 2016 Air New Zealand Wine Awards Winners

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is the premier wine competition in New Zealand recognizing excellence in winemaking. The competition is owned and organized by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organization for the country’s 1,700 grape growers and winemakers.

In 2016, around 1,400 wines were judged by a team of local and international judges to identify medal and trophy winners for each of the varietal categories.

Every year kiwi wine lovers eagerly await the results of the Air NZ Wine Awards to help them with their selection of quality New Zealand wine.

The competition has been running for over 30 years and 2016 marks the 30th year that Air New Zealand have been the naming rights sponsor for this competition.

This Year (2016) there were 23 Pure Elite Gold, 69 Gold, 268 Silver and 614 Bronze medals awarded – a total of 974 wines receiving recognition.

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014

Brancott Estate Letter Series “O” Chardonnay Marlborough 2015

Here is a list of the other Trophy Winners in each Sponsored Category.

JF Hillebrand New Zealand Champion Pinot Noir
Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014

Label and Litho Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Babydoll Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

Rabobank New Zealand Champion Chardonnay
Brancott Estate Letter Series “O” Chardonnay Marlborough 2015

Coast FM Champion Merlot, Cabernet and Blends
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Hawke’s Bay 2014

Dish Magazine Champion Open Red Wine
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015

Fruitfed Supplies Champion Syrah
Mission Reserve Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2015

Guala Closures New Zealand Ltd Champion Pinot Gris
Wairau River Pinot Gris Marlborough 2016

Liquorland Champion Rosé
Whitehaven Pinot Rosé Marlborough 2016

New World Champion Open White Wine
Giesen Riesling New Zealand 2015

Plant & Food Research Champion Riesling
Giesen Riesling New Zealand 2015

Plumm Glassware Champion Gewürztraminer
Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewürztraminer Marlborough 2015

QuayConnect Champion Other White Styles
Nautilus Albariño Marlborough 2016

Wine-Searcher Champion Sweet White Wine
Giesen The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014

WineWorks Limited Champion Sparkling Wine
Deutz Cuvee Blanc De Blancs Methode Traditionnelle Marlborough 2013

Rangitikei Chicken Champion Exhibition White or Sparkling Wine
Maude Mt Maude Vineyard Dry Riesling Central Otago 2016

New Zealand Winegrowers Champion Exhibition Red Wine
Mission Reserve Cabernet Franc Hawke’s Bay 2014

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