Nelson to host NZ’s top wine awards


New Zealand’s premier wine awards will be in Nelson later this year with the award gala dinner to be held at Saxton Stadium on November 28.

Wine Nelson announced on Thursday that it will be the host region for the Air New Zealand Wine Awards gala dinner. The awards are the premier wine competition in New Zealand – the competition is owned and organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country’s 1700 grape growers and winemakers.

Last year, 1535 wines were judged by a team of New Zealand and international judges to identify medal and trophy winners for each of the varietal categories and New Zealand Winegrowers’ Chris Yorke says the the awards dinner is a big night for New Zealand’s wine industry.

“Nelson has a great reputation for producing world-class wines which makes it a fitting location for this year’s awards dinner,” he says.

The gala dinner is held to announce and celebrate the Elite Gold, Pure Elite Gold medal winning wines and the Trophy winning wines, and to acknowledge the talents of the country’s winemakers.