Entries For Aotearoa Regional Wine Comp Close TONIGHT At 6pm

Entries For The Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition Closes TONIGHT! Wednesday 9 August At 6pm – It’s your last chance to enter!

Entries close Wednesday 9 August at 6pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your finest wines! Get your entries in now! The clock is ticking!

Enter here! https://wine.theshow.co.nz/home

This year we have two competitions taking place:

  1. The Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition (ARWC) which is open to all wines.
  2. The Regional Champion Competition (RCC) which is open to all wines produced with at least 85% of grapes from a single New Zealand region. This competition is free to enter once you’ve entered the ARWC.

Entries close Wednesday 9 August – Judging dates 26 – 27 August

Winning Wines

Gold Medal Winners will have their winning wines displayed at The New Zealand Agricultural Show, November 15 – 17, 2023. Results published in the New Zealand Winegrower Magazine, feature in a New Zealand Wine Directory article, advertised across our social media platforms as well as distributed to our show email database.

All Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition entrants will receive on request, two complimentary tickets to The New Zealand Agricultural Show in Christchurch, November 15 – 17 2023.

Medals for Trophy, Regional, Gold, Silver & Bronze winning wines will be available, as well as certificates for our Trophy, Regional & Gold winning wines.

The Champion Wine will be awarded a VIP package to The New Zealand Agricultural Show, including a night for two at The George Hotel in a Premium Executive room with a complimentary breakfast.

The Champion Wine will have an exclusive public tasting display at The New Zealand Agricultural Show & will have their wine showcased as part of The George’s Wine of the Month promotional campaign.


Judging for 2023 comprises of a team from around Aotearoa, headed by Jim Harré.

Jim and his wife own and operate The Gates Country Lodge; a boutique luxury lodge situated in New Zealand’s South Island. Jim has judged at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Liquorland Top 100 Wine Show, Easter Show Wine Awards, San Francisco International

Wine Competition, London Decanter World Wine Awards and the Japan International Wine Challenge. Jim is currently a Senior Judge with New Zealand Winegrowers, Chairman of Judges for the New World Wine Awards and a Wine Consultant for Air New Zealand.

Wines will be judged on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th August 2023 at The George Hotel in Christchurch.

The winners will be judged under the internationally recognised 100-point system. Wines assessed at 95 points or more will receive a Gold Medal, 90 to 94 points will be awarded a Silver Medal and 85 to 89 points will be awarded a Bronze Medal.

Click here to enter – https://wine.theshow.co.nz/home

Please note:

• Entry in the ARWC is $70 per entry & you will need to provide 3 bottles per entry.
• Entry in the RCC is free if you have entered the ARWC & you Don’t need to provide any additional bottles.

Our primary sponsor The George Hotel are hosting a Cherry Blossom Dinner with Zenkuro Sake on Saturday 9 September, to secure your seat either, phone 03 371 0257 or email us at daniel@thegeorge.com.

The cherry blossoms will be out in Hagley Park, so what better excuse to experience 5 courses of new season fare prepared by the talented cuisine team at The George matched with

spectacular sake from Zenkuro sake in Queenstown. Sake brewer David Joll, of Zenkuro Sake will be there to talk us through the process and flavours of each sake. Secure your space today.

If you have any queries or questions please contact our Wine Competition Convenors on 03 343 3033 or email wine@theshow.co.nz.

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