Not only did Nelson play host to the gala dinner for the largest premier wine competition in New Zealand, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, it also took out three of the eighteen trophies awarded at the dinner. 

Chair of Judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich, said "There were strong trophy contenders across the 16 classes, but the winners prevailed by having that “extra something special”.

Waimea Estates were awarded the Port Nelson Limited Champion Other White Styles or their Waimea Family Estate Albariño Nelson 2015.

Brightwater Vineyards were awarded the JF Hillebrand New Zealand Champion Pinot Noir for their Brightwater Vineyards Pinot Noir Nelson 2014.

Seifried Estate were awarded the Bite Magazine Champion Sweet Wine for their Seifried Winemakers Collection Sweet Agnes Riesling Nelson 2015