Competition Heats Up For 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

The competition is heating up for this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards with a near-record number of entries. A total of 1,557 wines across 16 different classes have been entered into this year’s competition. Pinot Noir is the most popular variety with 317 entries followed by Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris with 295 entries and 182 entries respectively. Marlborough wines topped entries with 689 wines all up, followed by Hawke’s Bay with 325, Otago with 205 entries and Nelson with 102 entries. An independent panel of 26 expert wine judges is chaired by Michael Brajkovich MW and includes two … Continue reading

Babich Wines Toasting Century of Excellence

TOASTING A CENTURY OF EXCELLENCE: BABICH WINES PUTS PLANS IN PLACE TO CELEBRATE ONE-HUNDRED YEARS Since the first bottle of Babich Wine was produced in 1916, the Babich Family has been known as a leader and innovator of the New Zealand wine industry. Now, almost 100-years later, they are gearing up to celebrate their centennial anniversary in 2016. Preparations are in full swing to mark this milestone. Kicking off early next year, the multi-award winning brand will be running an international media and marketing campaign across New Zealand and all of their export markets. This campaign will incorporate an extensive … Continue reading

Double trophy win for Vidal Legacy wines at Decanter Asia Wine Awards

Impressive double trophy win for Vidal Legacy wines at Decanter Asia Wine Awards One of Hawkes Bay’s oldest wineries has taken out two of the top accolades in the prestigious Decanter Asia Wine Awards. Vidal Estate has won Regional Trophies for best white and red wines for its Vidal Legacy Chardonnay 2012 and Vidal Legacy Syrah 2010. To be awarded a regional trophy, a wine must first win a gold medal then subsequently be judged the best in its region. Vidal Legacy wines were judged the best of the New Zealand wineries entered into the annual competition, currently the largest … Continue reading

Mud House takes top trophy at 2014 Canberra International Riesling Challenge

Mud House picked up the top trophy at the 15th annual Canberra International Riesling Challenge on Friday evening. The winning wine, selected from an impressive international line up was the 2013 Mud House Estate The Mound Vineyard Waipara Valley Riesling. The wine was also awarded the Best Riesling from New Zealand. Over 500 Rieslings were entered into the International Riesling Challenge, from across nine countries; New Zealand, Australia, USA, Germany, France, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Austria and Canada. Mud House Winemaker, Nadine Worley, is stoked to win the top prize amongst so many big hitters of the Riesling world. … Continue reading

Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2013 Supreme Champ

Gewürztraminer tops International Wine Competition for second year running. A Gewürztraminer has taken out the top spot in the International Wine Competition for the second year in a row. Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2013 was awarded the Supreme Champion Wine in Show Trophy during judging on 10 and 11 October. The competition which has been running for twelve years is hosted by the Canterbury A&P Association in conjunction with the Canterbury A&P Show. Barbara Lawson founded Lawson’s Dry Hills in 1992 with her late husband Ross after growing grapes on their vineyard since 1980. Their first vintage included the Gewürztraminer … Continue reading

Marlborough Wine Show 2014

“Show celebrates diversity, complexity and age-worthiness of Marlborough wines” The fourth annual Marlborough Wine Show judged last week, resulted in 35 gold medals, 125 silver and 221 bronze with 77% of entries receiving an award. Judging was led by Chair, Jeff Clarke of Ara who was delighted with the overall quality. “This year’s show has continued to reinforce not only the quality but also the range and diversity of Marlborough wines,” he commented, adding, “The 2012 Pinot Noirs and 2014 Sauvignon Blancs were a definite highlight.” Clarke was joined by many of New Zealand’s leading wine judges, including winemakers, wine … Continue reading

Villa Maria Wines Takes Top Chardonnay Trophy

Villa Maria Wines Takes Top Chardonnay Trophy in Six Nations Wine Challenge. Last night in Sydney, New Zealand’s most awarded winery, Villa Maria, collected Champion trophy for their Single Vineyard Keltern Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012 at the Six Nations Wine Challenge Awards dinner. Villa Maria’s General Manager of Winemaking Alastair Maling MW commented, “Villa Maria has been very passionate about Chardonnay for a long time. It’s a variety we love and New Zealand makes some of the best. To win the Six Nations Chardonnay trophy is a very proud of achievement.” said Maling “The Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay consistently produces … Continue reading

Thistle Ridge Waipara Pinot Noir 2013 “Best of the best”

Champion Red at New World Wine Awards 2014 Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir 2013 -grown, produced and bottled by award winning Waipara winery Greystone has been given the honour of “Champion Red Wine” at the recent New World Wine Awards. The quality of the winning Thistle Ridge wine shone in a year where entries were the highest ever (1165 wines). Scored using the international 20point scoring system the judging panel, a group of 13 carefully selected and well respected judges lead by the internationally experienced Chair of Judges Jim Harre identified those wines of gold and silver medal quality. These were … Continue reading

New Vineyard Manager at Claim 431 Vineyard

Tom Bullen has recently been appointed Vineyard Manager at Claim 431 Vineyard in Bendigo, Central Otago. The Vineyard was previously managed by Duncan Cramp, who left the company, opting for a move to Marlborough to be closer to his young grandson and family. Duncan moved to Central Otago from Zimbabwe in 2002 and managed Claim 431 for 12 years. He was involved with planting and establishing the vineyard to become the award winning Pinot Noir producing vineyard it is today. Tom has moved to Central Otago from Victoria, Australia and says the move was driven by his intense obsession with … Continue reading

Winery Tour for Waipara Hills Announced

The world famous in New Zealand, Winery Tour, has just announced its iconic line-up for the upcoming 2015 concerts. Waipara Hills are set to hold their 9th Winery Tour on Saturday the 28th February. New Zealand music legends, Dave Dobbin and Don McGlashan will combine forces and perform together, joined by Supergroove featuring Che Fu, and with Anika Moa completing the line-up. Concert promoters were quoted in comparing Anika Moa to, “a musical equivalent of a sneaky extra bottle of a favourite, multi-award winning, cheeky Rosé,” a rather fitting statement as Waipara Hills will be releasing their one off, 2014 … Continue reading