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 2019

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah 2018

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2018 has won the New Zealand Wine of the Year™ Champion trophy presented by O-I New Zealand, as well as taking out the Champion Syrah trophy.

Chair of Judges Warren Gibson described the winning wine as, “Immediately appealing and seductive on the nose. Delicious and savoury on the palate. Exceptionally well crafted.”

Villa Maria Chief Winemaker Nick Picone said the Cellar Selections Syrah has been a remarkably consistent performer for Villa Maria. “We look to capture both the serious and the playful side of Syrah with this label.

Perfectly ripened Hawkes Bay Syrah has a captivating fragrance and should be varietally distinctive and hard to confuse with anything else. Deep in colour, wonderfully perfumed, laden with dark berries and spices, yet supple and silk-like in texture.”

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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