Trophy for Mud House at Japan Wine Challenge

30 August 2013

Mud House takes the Trophy at Asia’s oldest and most prestigious wine competition in Tokyo, Japan

Results have been announced for the 16th Japan Wine Challenge with Mud House being awarded a Gold Medal, Trophy, and Best New World Red Wine overall for its well-regarded 2011 Mud House Estate Central Otago Pinot Noir.

The Japanese Wine Challenge was judged by a panel of over 30 leading International and Japanese wine professionals, with over 1,400 entries from 27 countries across the world received. Mud House entered three wines and all three received a medal;

• TROPHY, GOLD MEDAL and BEST NEW WORLD RED WINE: 2011 Mud House Estate Central Otago Pinot Noir

• SILVER MEDAL: 2012 Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

• SILVER MEDAL: 2012 Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir

Mud House winemaker, Nadine Worley, was thrilled to add this Trophy to her collection of awards received over the past seven years. “The fruit is sourced solely from our Claim 431 Vineyard which is well known for its location, benefiting from the warmth and rich soils of the Bendigo sub-region in Central Otago. The fruit is always a pleasure to work with, it produces Pinot Noir that has real structure and finesse; it simply continues to develop, with every year being a new adventure for us,” explains Nadine Worley.

Japan plays a significant role in Mud House’s distribution market. “Our Japanese agents, Vai and Company Ltd, have a strong team working hard to promote our wines to the Asian market which is growing consistently every year. Awards like these help solidify our place in this developing market”, says Jack Glover, Global Sales and Marketing Manager.

Mud House wines are proudly distributed in New Zealand by Vintners and are widely available at leading supermarkets, outlet stores and selected restaurants.

Background on the Competition:

The Japan Wine Challenge’s key focus continues to be the development of consumer/wine lover awareness and understanding of wines, resulting in on-going increase in sales of quality wines in this very demanding market. The award ceremony is scheduled for early next year. It will also include a charity evening where proceeds go to ‘Wine into Water’, a charity that provides clean water to communities that don’t currently have any.

A complete list of winners can be found at

For further information see and contact: Kate Cameron, Communications, PR & Events Co-Ordinator +64 21 222 7858 or


Mud House – A Taste for Adventure

It began as an adventure. Our founders set sail to travel the world, only to arrive in Marlborough and fall in love. After planting vines, they used the local earth to build their home. Two decades on, we continue to celebrate the spirit of striking out and breaking boundaries.

Mud House make consistently beautiful, award-winning wines for people who embrace fresh ideas. The cool climate in the breath-taking South Island gives our wines their iconic new world intensity.

Wherever you are in the world, look for our distinctive label; that’s the best way to celebrate your taste for adventure.

More About our Winemaker

Nadine Worley – Mud House Winemaker:

Originally from South Australia, Nadine Worley studied oenology for four years at Adelaide University, Roseworthy. She began her career in Australia working with cool climate varietals in Victoria and the Adelaide Hills before spending two vintages in Italy. A preference for cool climate winemaking led Nadine to Marlborough where she has been since 2006.

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