Aotearoa New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2022 Results


The Aotearoa NZ Organic Wine Awards is an independent wine show committed to discovering and promoting New Zealand’s best organic wines. 2022 is our ninth year of operation. Once again the number of entries has grown, signifying the huge momentum NZ Organic wines have.

They are please to announce the results of the 2022 Aotearoa Organic Wine Awards. Many thanks to all of the vineyards who participated in this years awards, as well as judges and other volunteers who made these awards possible.

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NZ Organic Wine Awards ‘Riedel Vineyard of the Year’: Amisfield

NZ Organic Wine Awards ‘Riedel Wine of the Show’: Tapi Sauvignon Blanc 2021

NZ Organic Wine Awards ‘Sustainable Vineyard of the Year’: Wrights Vineyard and Winery

Champion Wines represent the highest scoring wines in their respective varietal classes. 

Champion Pinot Noir: Amisfield Breakneck Reserve Pinot Noir 2019
Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Tapi Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Champion Riesling: Amisfield Dry Riesling 2020
Champion Pinot Gris: Quartz Reef Bendigo Pinot Gris 2021
Champion Chardonnay: Seresin Chardonnay 2021
Champion Sparking: Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Vintage Rose 2016 
Champion Syrah: Giesen Organic Syrah 2019
Champion Rose: Amisfield Pinot Noir Rosé 2021

Entry rates increased for the ninth consecutive year, however the rate of growth has slowed. This could be as a result of fewer wineries reaching the end of certification and becoming eligible to enter. Numbers of wineries and vineyards undertaking certification tends to be in clusters, presently there are a large number of vineyards early to mid-certification and respectively fewer achieving certification within the previous 12- 18 months.

Winery entrants were up 4%, and total wines entered up 8%. A number of wineries that have previously entered wine have chosen to expand their entry to encompass more wines. This could be to capitalize on a good vintage, build on existing success, or as more vineyard is converted to organic. This continues the trend we have experienced in the previous
three years awards.

A few previous entrants chose not to enter, in the main, timing was the issue. The entry is around harvest time and small wineries are very busy, as well as a time many wineries have lower stocks of wine. Our plan is to bring forward the awards for 2023, which will launch in January. For full results and more information visit:

https://organicwineawards.co.nz/2022-results/

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