2017 NZ INTERNATIONAL WINE DATES
Closing date for receipt of wine samples
Wineries notified of embargoed results
Medal results available online
Champions list / Gold medal public tasting
Trophy results available online
Publication of trophy winners and The Champions List in the Sunday Star Times and NZ Herald
Dates and some aspects of the promotional programme may be subject
to change at the discretion of the competition organisers.
The Awards Dinner will be held at Auckland’s Crowne Plaza on Saturday 7th October.
The entire Champions List will be available for tasting prior to the Awards Dinner.
Opportunities will be available for wineries, corporates, importers, wine clubs etc to purchase tables at the Awards Dinner.
All of the gold medals will be presented at the Awards Dinner. In addition, each of these successful wines will be included in the audio-visual presentation.
Trophy, Gold, Silver & Bronze medal labels will be available to purchase to identify and promote the top wines.
Tastings of selected wines in the Champions List will be held at several fine wine stores around the country.
Full listings of all the medal winners will be displayed on www.wineshow.co.nz and on www.nziws.co.nz from the 25th September. Trophy results will be listed from 9th October.
5,000 full colour pamphlets imaging all the Gold Medal and Trophy winning wines will be circulated through fine wine stores nationwide.
All the wines in the Champions List will be professionally photographed. These photos can be provided free of charge if required by wineries or agents.
A tasting featuring the entire Champions List (all the gold medals) will be held in Auckland on Thursday 5th October. A unique competition surrounding the pre selected Trophies will be included in this tasting.
These promotional fees are only applicable to wines that win gold medals and are automatically included in The Champions List - $NZ250 excl. GST per wine.
The promotional fee applicable only to Trophy winning wines is $NZ595 excl. GST per wine.
All entrants with wines included in the Champions List are required to provide free of charge for use at the Awards Dinner, The Champions List Tasting and for promotional purposes the following:
• 6 bottles of each gold medal winning wine
Entering a wine for judging in the New Zealand International Wine Show 2017 will be accepted as automatic acceptance of the promotional fees and conditions listed above.
This years competition will be 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 involve 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.
Pick the trophies challenge 2017
THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER, 2017
6 - 9 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albert St, Auckland
This is a unique tasting in association with the New Zealand International Wine Show with all of the gold medal winners (ie the Champions List) available for the public to taste.
The 'Challenge' is for people to try and pick at least four of the Trophies, which the judges have already chosen, and which are subsequently announced at the Awards Dinner. Every person who can pick at least four Trophy winners goes into a prize draw to win a gift voucher from First Glass Wines & Spirits Ltd.
Awards Dinner 2017
SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2017
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 2017 Legend of New Zealand Wine winner will be announced to receive the Sir George Fistonich Medal. Dancing to our world class DJ completes the evening. The dinner is not restricted to the wine trade.
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 2017 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
NISSAN CHAMPION WINE OF THE SHOW ANNOUNCED
Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
LEGEND OF NEW ZEALAND WINE 2017
Raymond Chan is the recipient of the Sir George Fistonich Medal