ROMEO BRAGATO TROPHY FOR BEST SINGLE VINEYARD WHITE WINE
This trophy is named after Romeo Bragato, a man recognised as one of the founders of the New Zealand wine industry. Bragato’s pioneering work in the 19th century formed the basis of modern New Zealand viticulture practices.
RICHARD SMART TROPHY FOR BEST SINGLE VINEYARD RED WINE
This trophy is in recognition of the invaluable contribution of Dr Richard Smart, the globally recognised research viticulturist whose expertise in the field of canopy management transformed New Zealand viticulture in the 1980s.
BILL IRWIN TROPHY FOR CHAMPION CHARDONNAY
This trophy is awarded in memory of Bill Irwin who was influential in the early importation of various varieties of vine wood from Germany, California, and Australia, including Chardonnay. The trophy was donated by Dorothy Coulthard.
MIKE WOLTER MEMORIAL TROPHY FOR CHAMPION PINOT NOIR
This trophy, crafted from 1,000 year old Kauri by Rolfe Mills, is in memory of Mike Wolter, a highly regarded and respected Central Otago viticulturist and winemaker who died tragically in his winery in 1997.
SPENCE BROTHERS TROPHY FOR CHAMPION SAUVIGNON BLANC
This Trophy is dedicated to Ross and Bill Spence who planted the first 250 Sauvignon Blanc vines at the Spence Matua Road vineyard in 1969.
ALAN LIMMER TROPHY FOR CHAMPION SYRAH
This trophy recognises the outstanding contribution of a modern day pioneer Alan Limmer who championed Syrah and the Gimblett Gravels sub region of Hawke’s Bay.
FRIEDRICH WOHNSIEDLER TROPHY FOR CHAMPION RIESLING
This trophy is in memory of Friedrich Wohnsiedler who established the first commercial vineyard in 1921 and is considered a founder of the Gisborne wine industry. The trophy was donated by Terry Dunleavy.
BROTHER CYPRIAN TROPHY FOR CHAMPION PINOT GRIS
This trophy salutes the pioneering efforts of the Mission of the Society of Mary, the oldest winery in New Zealand. The trophy was donated by Ian Miller.
TOM MCDONALD MEMORIAL TROPHY FOR CHAMPION MERLOT, CABERNET & BLENDS
This trophy is named after Tom McDonald who pioneered modern wine making in Hawke’s Bay. He had a vision to produce outstanding red wines from the classical French varietals. The trophy was donated by Kevyn and Corinne Moore.
NICK NOBILO TROPHY FOR CHAMPION GEWÜRZTRAMINER
Nick Nobilo is regarded as a pioneer of the modern New Zealand wine industry. He has dedicated much of his career to producing world-class, single vineyard Gewürztraminer.