Queenstown to host 2013 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

11 June 2013

The stunning location of Queenstown will provide the backdrop for this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards dinner.

The awards dinner will be held on Saturday 23 November at the Queenstown Events Centre, and will be attended by New Zealand’s top winemakers and industry figures to celebrate the country’s best wines.

Queenstown is a fitting location for this year’s awards with the Central Otago region home to more than 80 wineries. It is the country’s most southerly wine region and is renowned for producing world-class Pinot Noir. The region also successfully produces a variety of white wines including Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.

The awards dinner culminates in the announcement of the most coveted prize of the competition, the Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show Trophy. Last year the trophy went to Central Otago winery Grasshopper Rock for its Earnscleugh Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010.

Chris Yorke, Global Marketing Director for New Zealand Winegrowers, says the Air New Zealand Wine Awards dinner is a big night for New Zealand’s wine industry. "Winning a trophy or medal is recognition of the hard work and skill that goes into making the wine, and lets consumers know they are drinking some of the finest wine in the world.”

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. 2013 competition entries open to New Zealand wineries on Tuesday 13 August.