Giesen Group Awarded NZ Winery of the Year 2018

Affirming its leading position with Australian wine lovers, Marlborough’s Giesen Group has been awarded New Zealand Winery of the Year 2018 and four Gold Medals at the fifth Melbourne International Wine Competition (MIWC).

Judged by a panel of top trade buyers, Melbourne International Wine Competition is the wine show which reflects what consumers and wine drinkers enjoy. The Competition’s judges are all wine buyers, sommeliers, hotel beverage directors, distributors and importers, in other words they are experts in what consumers want. The panel tasted more than 1,000 wines from around the world to determine the highest quality wines at the best prices.

Giesen is one of Australia’s top five white wine producers, so its sales prove how much its loved by the country’s wine drinkers. Being awarded New Zealand Winery of the Year 2018 means it now has an official trophy to support what Australian wine lovers know – Giesen wines taste great and punch above their weight in terms of value.

Giesen Group is proud owner of Ara Wines, a brand which more Australians are falling in love with. Ara is enjoying double-digit growth across the Australian market. Ara’s popularity is reflected in the prestigious Double Gold awarded to Ara Single Estate Chardonnay 2016 at the MIWC.

Giesen Group’s Melbourne International Wine Competition awards include:

New Zealand Winery of the Year
Ara Wines, Ara Single Estate Chardonnay 2016; Double Gold 96 points
Giesen Estate Marlborough Giesen Estate Pinot Gris 2017; Gold 94 points
Giesen Estate Marlborough Giesen Estate Riesling 2016; Gold 94 points
Giesen Estate Marlborough Giesen Small Batch Sauvignon Blanc 2016; Gold 93 points

Together, these accolades recognise the quality and value of the highly popular Giesen Estate and Ara Single Estate white wines. These wines are all about expressing place by showcasing distinctive regional varieties with generous flavours.

A great example of this place-centred approach is the Double Gold-winning Ara Single Estate Chardonnay 2016. Giesen Chief Winemaker Nikolai St George describes this Marlborough gem as, “Intensely flavoured wine that really amplifies the remarkable Wairau Valley story. It’s a complex, creamy Chardonnay with distinctive tropical characters coming from the Rapaura block and a bright, citrus acidity from the Woodbourne vineyards.”

Giesen Group began in 1981 when German-born brothers, Theo, Alex, and Marcel Giesen decided to shake up the NZ wine industry up by starting Giesen Wines. Today as Giesen Group they have created a powerhouse of the New Zealand drinks industry, leading the way with international wine brands; Giesen and Ara as well in New Zealand with the Kaiser Brothers Brewery range of craft beers.

Success is due to the development of a talented viticultural and winemaking team and Giesen Groups investment in sustainable vineyards, and winemaking technology Giesen Group own multiple vineyards throughout Marlborough’s highly sought-after Wairau Valley, enabling meticulous vine-to-bottle quality. Furthermore, in the pursuit of the most prized fruit they have long term relationships with 50 of Marlborough’s most respected growers. It’s these personal relationships and this attention to detail which has seen Giesen Group wines consistently win international wine awards and cultivate a reputation for producing premium wines from high-quality fruit.

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