Looking to find the best of New Zealand wine in one place? Glengarry Wines and Air New Zealand have teamed up
to produce Air New Zealand Wine. Featured on this website is a selection of New Zealand's best wines, beers, ciders
and spirits. The Glengarry Wines family guarantee of dependable quality and value, as well as a comprehensive range,
competitive prices, quick delivery combined with Air New Zealands long-standing commitment to the New Zealand wine
industry means Air New Zealand Wine is an online wine shopping Mecca for wine lovers and attracts the wine conscious
Air New Zealand have been the major sponsor of the Air New Zealand wine awards for 27 years. A premier wine
competition recognising excellence in New Zealand Winemaking. Thousands of wines are reviewed and compared with
trophies and medals awarded for each grape varietal category. If you are comparing wines, or looking for wine ratings
to help you buy wine online, then Air New Zealand Wine is just the place.
Michael Brajkovich is the chair of Judges of the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Brajkovich became New Zealand's first
member of the institute of Master of Wine (MW), London in 1989. Other International and Senior judges include: Dan
Berger (Journalist, Dan Bergers Vintage Experiences), Madeleine Stenwreth MW (Swedish based wine consultant), Alan
McCorkindale (Alan McCorkindale Wines), Alastair Maling MW (Group Winemaker for Villa Maria), Anna Flowerday
(Winemaker/Owner of Te Whare Ra Wine), Ben Glover (Chief Winemaker at Wither Hills Winery), Cameron Douglas (New
Zealand's first and only Master Sommelier), Jane Boyle (Marketing at Villa Maria, Cuisine Judge), Jane Skilton MW
(founder of NZ School of Wines and Spirits), Jim Harré (Air New Zealand Wine Club and Flight Attendant Wine Education
Programme development), Rod Easthope (Easthope Winegrowers), Sarah Burton (Winemaker at Cloudy Bay), Sarah-Kate Dineen
(Winemaker and owner of Maude Wines), Simon Nunns (winemaker at Coopers Creek Vineyard). Using these judges wealth of
knowledge and experience, you can guarantee that the Air New Zealand Wine Awards trophies and medals act as a good
wine buying guide.
As well as the Air New Zealand Pure Gold, Air New Zealand Pure Silver and Air New Zealand Pure Browze medals awarded,
there are also several Trophies presented: Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show, O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of
the Show, Label and Litho Limited Champion Sauvignon Blanc, Rabobank New Zealand Limited Champion Chardonnay, Guala
Closures NZ Champion Pinot Gris, Plant & Food Research Champion Riesling, Coast FM Champion Gewürztraminer, BDO Champion
Other White and Rosé Wine, Wineworks Champion Sparkling Wine, Kapiti Champion Dessert Wine, JF Hillebrand New Zealand Ltd
Champion Pinot Noir, Fruitfed Supplies Limited Champion Syrah, New Zealand Winegrowers Champion Merlot, Gold Medal Vintage
Insurance Champion Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot/Cabernet Blend, New Zealand Winegrowers Champion Other Red Wine, New World
Champion Open White Wine, Fairfax Media Champion Open Red Wine, Waitoa Free Range Chicken Champion Exhibition White or
Sparkling Wine and Stuff.co.nz Champion Exhibition Red Wine.
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards and its trophies and medals are respected within the industry as well as by consumers
to make informed wine choices. Much like The Marlborough Wine Show, Easter Show Wine Awards, The New Zealand International
Wine Show, New World Wine Awards, Bragato Wine Awards, Hawkes Bay A&P Wine Show, Upper North Island Wine Challenge, The
Spiegelau International Wine Competition, Liquorland International Wine Challenge, International Chardonnay Challenge,
Metro Top 100, and Decanter Wine Awards.
Popular wine regions, those featured on the Air New Zealand Wine website include Northland, Matakana, Auckland,
Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Martinborough in the North Island and Nelson, Marlborough, Waipara, Canterburym Waitaki
and Central Otago in the South Island.
White wine, red wine, rose wine as well as sparkling/ Methode Traditionelle wines are all produced in New Zealand.
White wine grape varieties produced in New Zealand include Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Semillon,
Gewurztraminer, Chenin Blanc, Muscat and Viognier. Red wine varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc,
Petit Verdot, Malbec, Tempranillo, Montepulciano, Sangiovese and Pinot Noir.