The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is the premier wine competition in New Zealand. This year, following 1,407 wines entered, judges awarded 84 gold medals to wines from around the country with four gold medals awarded to Nelson wines.

Chair of Judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich said the most pleasing aspect of this year’s awards was the spread of gold medals across a number of varietal styles and regions. “Pinot Noir was once again the star performer with 18 golds. Predominantly the wines came from Otago, Marlborough and the Wairarapa, but Nelson, Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noirs were also in the mix. The top wines from other categories were exceptional, particularly from Chardonnay, Sparkling, Gewürztraminer and the Sweet White wines, and the quality of Hawke’s Bay Syrah continues to impress.”

Brightwater Vineyards took out two gold medals with their Pinot Gris Nelson 2015 and Pinot Noir Nelson 2014, along with a gold for Seifried Winemaker Collection Sweet Agnes Riesling Nelson 2015 and Waimea Estate taking the only gold in the 'Other White Styles' category with their Albariño Nelson 2015.

Click here to see all of the gold medalists.

The acclaimed trophy winning wines and winners of the elite gold medals will be revealed at a black tie dinner in Nelson on 28 November. New Zealand’s top winemakers and industry professionals will attend the event.