The aim of ​the New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition is to highlight to the wine industry and consumers the best wines commercially available.


The New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition, now in its fifteenth year, focuses on aromatic wines including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Viognier and other wine varieties including Muscat, Verdelho, Arneis, Rose and Sauvignon Gris, made in an aromatic style from any internationally recognised region. The purpose of the competition is to highlight to consumers the best aromatic wine varieties available in the New Zealand market for the wine drinker.

The competition is held in conjunction with the Canterbury A&P Show, New Zealand’s largest Agricultural and Pastoral Show. Winning wines will be on display in the Food & Wine Village at the Canterbury A&P Show, 15-17 November 2017.

Click Here for 2017 New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition results 
Click Here for 2017 Canterbury Wine Competition results 

NEW: Canterbury Wine Competition

To reflect the strength of the Canterbury winemaking region, a new competition has been created to showcase Canterbury wines to consumers and industry. 

The Canterbury Wine Competition is a subsidary of the New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition. The competition is open to all wine varieties produced in Canterbury (must contain 85% Canterbury-grown fruit).

Entrants may enter in either the Aromatic or Canterbury competition for $70 per wine. Wines that are eligible for both competitions will be judged for no extra fee

New Zealand Winemaker of the Year

The New Zealand Winemaker of the Year Competition is a specialised wine competition to celebrate the highest levels of ability and achievement for New Zealand winemakers. The competition was created in 2016 to compliment the New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition.

Letting the wines represent the winemaker, the NZ Winemaker of the Year entrants supply three wines of different grape varieties or wine styles which best demonstrates the scope and breadth of their winemaking ability. Entrants must also send a 100-word bio about themselves and a 300-500 word essay on the vineyard and fruit selection that has gone into the wines submitted.

The 2016 New Zealand Winemaker of the Year was Patrick Newton, Mudbrick Vineyard.


Key Dates

Wine on Show

Canterbury A&P Show - Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 November 2017


Macvine Logo

Beck and Caul Logo



Jim Harre - Chairman of Judges
Jim and his wife own and operate The Gates Country Lodge; a boutique luxury lodge situated in New Zealand’s South Island. Jim has judged at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Liquorland Top 100 Wine Show, Easter Show Wine Awards, San Francisco International Wine Competition, London Decanter World Wine Awards and the Japan International Wine Challenge. Jim is currently a Senior Judge with New Zealand Winegrowers, Chairman of Judges for the New World Wine Awards and a Wine Consultant for Air New Zealand.



Jack Glover
Originally from Marlborough, Jack studied Oenology and Wine Marketing and then went on to gain experience in the Barossa Velley, Napa Valley and Marlborough. Jack joined Pernod Ricard in 2006, before moving back to Marlborough in 2011 in the role of Sales and Marketing Director for The Mud House Wine Group. Jack is now General Manager at Accolade Wines. Jack has judged at wine competitions both in New Zealand and internationally, most notably as a senior judge at the International Wine Challenge in London. He is also currently studying towards a Master of Wine qualification.



Simon Nunns
Simon has been the head winemaker at Coopers Creek Vineyard since 1998. Simon has been a senior judge in all major New Zealand wine shows and is a highly sought after educator and speaker. Simon features regularly in Cuisine and Winestate magazines as a judging panellist and has a passion for alternative grape varietals. He was awarded the inaugural Jason Winter Memorial Prize for academic achievement while completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology from Lincoln University. He has worked vintages in both the United States and France, in the regions of Oregon, Bordeaux and Burgundy.



James Rowan
James has been senior winemaker at West Brook Winery in Auckland, for the past 13 years. James has been a senior wine judge at numerous New Zealand wine competitions including Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Gisborne Regional Wine Awards, the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards, the New Zealand International Wine Show and the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. James is also a senior New Zealand Cider judge. Over the years, James has chosen to share his passion and knowledge for wine with various New Zealand magazines and trade publications.



Petter Evans
Petter has been involved in the New Zealand wine industry for more than 20 years. A graduate of Roseworthy College in 1984 he has worked for wineries in Germany and as a winemaker in Canterbury including St Helena, Waipara West and  now with Sherwood Estate. Petter has judged previously for the Bragato Wine Awards and International Aromatic Wine Competition.



Jane Boyle
Jane Boyle has been involved in the New Zealand and Australian wine industries for over 30 years and is a highly sought after wine judge and consultant. With experience in all facets of the industry, Jane has judged at numerous international and national wine competitions, including the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, Bragato Wine Awards, New World Wine Awards and the Liquorland Top 100. She is also a regular judging panelist for Cuisine magazine.



Joelle Thompson
Joelle Thomson is a journalist, wine writer and author, who was bitten by the big buttery Chardonnay bug at Aro Street Café in Wellington, New Zealand, in the late 1980s and has been in love with wine ever since. She is a full time writer, wine commentator on RNZ National and author of 16 wine books. She consults to Regional Wines & Spirits in Wellington and the NZ School of Food & Wine in Auckland and has the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s highest qualification, the Level 4 Diploma.



New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition and Canterbury Wine Competition Please click here to download an entry form

New Zealand Winemaker of the Year
Please click here to download an entry form 

Convenor: Kaylie Bradley, BECK & CAUL
Chairman of Judges: Jim Harre
Panel: Jack Glover, Simon Nunns, James Rowan, Jane Boyle, Joelle Thompson, Petter Evans

For further information contact BECK & CAUL, ph (03) 343 3165 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Macvine Logo    Beck and Caul Logo


Convenor: Kaylie Bradley, BECK & CAUL

For further information contact:
Phone 03 343 3165
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.