The annual awards dinner will be held on November 25 at the Pettigrew Green Arena in Taradale, and will be attended by New Zealand’s top winemakers and industry figures to celebrate the country’s best wines. The awards dinner will culminate 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 Lowburn Ferry for its Home Block Pinot Noir 2014. The O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show Trophy was awarded to the Brancott Estate Letter Series “O” Chardonnay Marlborough 2015. New Zealand Winegrowers global marketing director Chris Yorke 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 competition is owned and organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country’s 1600 grape growers and winemakers. Entries for the 2017 competition open to New Zealand wineries on August 7.
For more information, visit www.airnzwineawards.co.nz