Due to Covid-19, we have delayed our date in which entries close to the 24th September, 2021.
This year we introduce some exciting changes to the competition. After 18 years as the New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition the competition has expanded, and renamed to The Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition. The Association will judge all competition winners against each other to create a Regional Champion for all classes.
For 2021, we are pleased to announce that The George Hotel, in Christchurch, has come on board as our naming sponsor.
In keeping with The George’s commitment to serving and celebrating New Zealand’s finest wines, in the most elegant of settings with the best of local and seasonal produce, The George is proud to be the naming sponsor of the Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition. Judging will take place at The George on the 2nd and 3rd of October.
The competition now accepts all wine types, including non-aromatic varieties and organic wines. We have added a regional category to our Competition. Wine regions include Auckland (including Waiheke Island and Northland), Gisbourne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Marlborough, Tasman (including Nelson), Canterbury and Otago. Further details on operational changes, together with competition rules can be found here.
Promotion of winners
The competition medal winners will be announced with a media release to key media on 6th October.
Results are also circulated to our wine industry database, will feature in New Zealand Winegrower Magazine and be advertised on all of our social media platforms.
The Champion Wine will be displayed in the foyer of The George Hotel in Christchurch, for one month following the competition.
The trophy wines will be showcased at the Show, in the highly popular Food & Wine Pavilion, as well as being part of the Show Wine Tour – a new attraction at the Show for 2021. We will be providing Show visitors with the opportunity to taste the trophy wines on Canterbury Anniversary Day, the final day of the Show.
2021 Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition Sponsors: