The 2016 competition was conducted under the Chairmanship of Bob Campbell MW, New Zealand's most experienced senior wine judge and this country's leading wine educator.

Pick the trophies challenge 2016

This is a unique tasting in association with the New Zealand International Wine Show with all of the gold medal winners (ie the Champions List) available for the public to taste.

The 'Challenge' is for people to try and pick at least four of the Trophies, which the judges have already chosen, and which are subsequently announced at the Awards Dinner. Every person who can pick at least four Trophy winners goes into a prize draw to win a gift voucher from First Glass Wines & Spirits Ltd.

Judging Team

CHIEF JUDGE:  Bob Campbell

SENIOR JUDGES included a number of leading winemakers, several Masters of Wine and many key industry personnel. Most of the senior judges have each been involved in major wine competitions for more than a decade.

The overseas judge for 2016 was respected Australian wine writer and wine critic, Huon Hooke.

The champions list

Wines are entered into wine competitions to win medals. A gold, silver or bronze medal label on a bottle is unquestionably one of the easiest and most effective ways of promoting the qualities of a wine to the consumer. A medal can be used to promote a wine for the duration of that specific wine. Unlike a wine review that becomes dated or forgotten, a medal label has longevity.


The most important feature in the results from the New Zealand International Wine Show is The Champions List. The Champions List includes all the gold medal winning wines and of course the prestigious Trophies. All of the successful wines in The Champions List will benefit from nationwide exposure through newspapers, results pamphlets, tastings and emails circulated by key retailers.



A number of influential wine writers will also be invited to taste the entire range in The Champions List and subsequently the wines may feature in various publications. Every gold medal wine will be listed and photographed, with a full tasting description on the NZIWS website. Fine wine retailers will be able to access and use the descriptions and information.

Competition Stewards

There are opportunities for industry personnel or keen wine enthusiasts to steward at The New Zealand International Wine Show. Applicants need to be aware that a reasonable amount of physical activity is involved including a considerable amount of walking. Stewards need to be on site for the entire day, 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. approximately, and duties include opening, pouring, serving and clearing of wines. Applications are accepted on a first received basis so please contact us at +64 9 4866415 or

Note: Entrants will not be sent judging class labels. These will be applied at the competition venue by the organisers.

   Conditions of entry Schedule & classes Information sheet


Clearview Reserve Chardonnay 2015

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Awarded to Villa Maria Estate

6 Trophies, 30 Golds, 26 Silver and 53 Bronze Medals