The New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition, now in its sixteenth 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 New Zealand Agricultural Show, New Zealand’s largest Agricultural and Pastoral Show. Winning wines will be on display in the Food & Wine Village at the Show, 14-16 November 2018.2017 New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition results 2017 Canterbury Wine Competition results
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 2017 New Zealand Winemaker of the Year was Michael Wood, Obsidian Winery.