This years 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 2018


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


Auckland Gold Medal Tastings – Festival Format.

Venue:  First Glass Wines & Spirits, 22 Northcroft St, Takapuna, Auckland.

Wednesday 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st October, Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 per person

A selection of gold medal wines from all varieties will be selected for each evening. 

Festival format is an informal tasting that allows you to select and taste the varieties you enjoy, anytime in the 1 ½ hour time frame.


Christchurch Gold Medal Tasting

Venue: Vino Fino, 118 Durham St South, Christchurch.

Date: Tuesday 16th October, Time: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 per person

Format: Festival style 

Awards Dinner 2018


6 pm, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albert Street, Auckland

Gold Medal Tasting precedes the four course dinner. Between the courses the Gold Medals and the Trophies will be presented and the 2018 Legend of New Zealand Wine winner will be announced to receive the Sir George Fistonich Medal.  Dancing to a live band completes the evening. The dinner is not restricted to the wine trade.

Judging Team

CHIEF JUDGE:  Bob Campbell MW

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 2018 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, results pamphlets, tastings and emails circulated by key retailers.



Every gold medal wine will be listed and photographed, with a full tasting description on the NZIWS website. Fine wine retailers 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


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