NZ Wine of the Year Competition

Previously known as the Air New Zealand Wine Awards and the Bragato Wine Awards, the New Zealand Wine of the Year™ Awards is the official wine competition of the New Zealand wine industry. Join us in celebrating excellence in New Zealand wine.

NZ Wine of the Year 2018

Maude Pinot Noir Central Otago 2017

The Maude Pinot Noir Central Otago 2017 won the New Zealand Wine of the Year™ Champion trophy presented by O-I New Zealand, as well as scooping up the Fruitfed Supplies Champion Pinot Noir trophy and the Best Wine - Central Otago regional trophy, at the New Zealand Wine Awards Dinner held in Wellington.

Chair of Judges Warren Gibson said the Maude Pinot Noir 2017 was a very classy example of Pinot Noir in this year’s competition. "A delicious and complex young wine, juicy and light on its feet,” said Mr Gibson. “Showing beautiful refinement, powdery tannins and loads of controlled power. Pure class."

The producer of this champion Pinot Noir, Maude Wines, is a family-owned wine company who first planted vines on their Mt Maude Vineyard in 1994. They produce award-winning wines from their winery amidst the stunning backdrop of Lake Wanaka in Central Otago.

Competition dates

Regional and Variety trophies will be announced on the 5th of November. 

The competition champions will be announced at the New Zealand Wine Awards dinner on the 16th of November. 

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