About the Awards

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is the premier wine competition in New Zealand recognising excellence in winemaking. The competition is owned and organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country's 1,700 grape growers and winemakers.

In 2017, approximately 1,500 wines will be judged by a team of local and international judges to identify medal and trophy winners for each of the varietal categories.

Every year kiwi wine lovers eagerly await the results of the Air New Zealand Wine Awards to help them with their selection of quality New Zealand wine.

The competition has been running for over 30 years and 2017 is the 31st year that Air New Zealand have been the naming rights sponsor for this competition. It is also the 42nd year that New Zealand Winegrowers has managed the Awards.

In conjunction with the Awards, a gala dinner is held to announce and celebrate the Elite Gold medal winning wines and the Trophy winning wines, and to acknowledge the talents of our winemakers. This is a high-profile black-tie dinner, with a quality focus both in terms of wine and fine New Zealand cuisine.

The 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards gala dinner will be held at Pettigrew Green Arena, Hawke's Bay on Saturday 25 November.