In 2015 Wine Nelson is proud to be the host region for the Air New Zealand Wine Awards gala dinner. Global Marketing Director for New Zealand Winegrowers, Chris Yorke, says the Air New Zealand Wine Awards dinner is a big night for New Zealand’s wine industry. "Nelson has a great reputation for producing world-class wines which makes it a fitting location for this year’s awards dinner.” 

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is the premier wine competition in New Zealand recognising excellence in winemaking. The competition is owned and organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country's 1,700 grape growers and winemakers.

The competition has been running for over 30 years. In conjunction with the Awards, the gala dinner is held to announce and celebrate the Elite Gold, Pure Elite Gold medal winning wines and the Trophy winning wines, and to acknowledge the talents of our winemakers. This is a high-profile black-tie dinner, with a quality focus both in terms of wine and fine New Zealand cuisine.