Record Sustainable Entries in 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Record Sustainable Entries in 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards: A record 99.7 percent of all wines entered in this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards have been sustainably produced.

Across 16 different classes, 1,420 wines entered in the awards have been produced either under the New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand certification programme, or another recognised organic or biodynamic certification. The total number of entries is 1,424.

Yealands Estate

As one of its many sustainability initiatives, Yealands Estate use a breed of miniature babydoll sheep to graze the grass between the vines. Yealands is fully accredited through the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand programme.

Philip Manson, General Manager Sustainability for New Zealand Winegrowers, is proud of the high number of sustainable entries into this year’s awards.

“I’m delighted that so many New Zealand wineries have voluntarily embraced the principles of sustainable wine production. It’s great to see that so many of our members are committed to delivering world-class wine to consumers in a way that enables our natural environment, the businesses and local communities to thrive,” says Mr Manson.

The Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand programme is based on standards that encourage members to reuse and recycle materials and waste where possible. This helps to lessen the impact that the sector has on the environment, and ensure that international guidelines for sustainability practices in the vineyard and winery are met.

Judging for the 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards takes place from 2 to 4 November in Auckland. The gold medal winners will be announced on 10 November, and the acclaimed trophy winning wines will be revealed at a black-tie dinner in Nelson on 28 November, attended by New Zealand’s top winemakers and industry professionals.

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards celebrate excellence in New Zealand winemaking and are widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition. New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country’s 1,600 grape growers and winemakers, has owned and organised the competition for 40 years.

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Sustainable entries by class Sustainable TOTAL
Sparkling 39 41
Gewurztraminer 35 35
Pinot Gris 152 152
Riesling 70 70
Sauvignon Blanc 258 258
Chardonnay 175 175
Viognier 16 16
Other White Varieties, Unspecified or Blended Whites 3 4
Sweet White Wine 35 35
Rosé 69 69
Pinot Noir 304 304
Merlot, Cabernet and Blends 116 116
Syrah 75 75
Other Red Varieties, Unspecified or Blended Reds 9 9
Current Vintage Reds 3 3
Other Varieties – Single 61 62
Totals 1420 1424
Sustainable entries by region Sustainable TOTAL
Northland 19 19
Auckland 42 42
Waikato/BOP 0 0
Gisborne 45 45
Hawke’s Bay 320 323
Wellington / Wairarapa 57 57
Nelson 101 101
Marlborough 588 588
Canterbury 48 48
Otago 184 184
Other 16 17
Totals 1420 1424

For further information contact:
Shelley Ashdown
Air New Zealand Wine Awards PR
New Zealand Winegrowers

Mobile: +64 21 912 221

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