This 2020 competition was conducted under the Chairmanship of Bob Campbell MW, New Zealand’s most experienced senior wine judge and this country’s leading wine educator. The senior judges involved a number of leading winemakers, several Masters of Wine and many key industry personnel. Most of the senior judges have each been involved in major wine competitions for more than a decade.

Champions List Public Tastings 2020


These are unique tastings in association with the New Zealand International Wine Show which will showcase the gold medal winners (ie the Champions List).


There have been changes made to the 'Pick the Trophies' tasting which was previously scheduled for 21st October.  This tasting has now been cancelled due to the uncertainty around Covid 19.


Champions List Gold Medal Tastings will continue to be held in Auckland during October at First Glass Wines & Spirits and in Christchurch in November in association with our major sponsor, Nissan.

Awards Event 2020

21 October 2020

A change has been made to the Awards Dinner previously scheduled to be held on 24th October due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid 19.  


There will now be an Awards Event on Wednesday 21st October at the Hilton Hotel.  This replaces the Awards Dinner and Pick the trophies tasting which was previously advertised.


Due to limits on numbers at this event, attendance is initially only available for Awards winners and Sponsors. 

Judging Team

CHIEF JUDGE:  Bob Campbell MW

ASSISTANT CHIEF JUDGES:  Larry McKenna, John Hancock & Tony Bish

SENIOR JUDGES include a number of leading winemakers, several Masters of Wine and many key industry personnel. Most of the senior judges have each been involved in major wine competitions for more than a decade.

The judging team in 2020 is the most experienced judging team ever assembled for a wine competition in New Zealand.

The champions List

Wines are entered into wine competitions to win medals. A gold, silver or bronze medal label on a bottle is unquestionably one of the easiest and most effective ways of promoting the qualities of a wine to the consumer. A medal can be used to promote a wine for the duration of that specific wine. Unlike a wine review that becomes dated or forgotten, a medal label has longevity.


The most important feature in the results from the New Zealand International Wine Show is The Champions List. The Champions List includes all the gold medal winning wines and of course the prestigious Trophies. All of the successful wines in The Champions List will benefit from nationwide exposure through newspapers, web results, tastings and emails circulated by key retailers.


Every gold medal wine will be listed in the Champions List.  Trophy winners will be photographed and highlighted with a detailed description on the NZIWS website, along with lists of all the medal winners. Fine wine retailers and entrants will be able to access and use the descriptions and bottle shots free of charge.

Competition Stewards

There are opportunities for industry personnel or keen wine enthusiasts to steward at The New Zealand International Wine Show. Applicants need to be aware that a reasonable amount of physical activity is involved including a considerable amount of walking. Stewards need to be on site for the entire day, 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. approximately, and duties include opening, pouring, serving and clearing of wines. Applications are accepted on a first received basis so please contact us at +64 9 4866415 or

Download an application form here.

Note: Entrants will not be sent judging class labels. These will be applied at the competition venue by the organisers.

   Conditions of entry Schedule & classes Information sheet


Congratulations to:

Clearview Beachhead Chardonnay 2019



James & Annie Millton