Written by Victoria Clark
As a 20-year-old, determined to learn all she could about wine-making, Emmanuelle David knocked on numerous winery doors, before finally meeting a vintner who didn’t turn her away.
In her home-country of France, the wine industry is steeped in tradition, she says, and very much a man’s world.
The New Zealand International Wine Show is the largest wine competition held in New Zealand. Entry is open for wines from any country and made from any variety. This year 2103 entries were received from 10 countries resulting in 221 Gold, 386 Silver and 910 Bronze Medals being awarded. The judging took place from 7th through 9th September, and was chaired by Bob Campbell MW with assistant Chief Judges Larry McKenna, John Hancock and Kym Milne MW.
Nelson wineries took home three Gold medals this year along with a swag of Silver and Bronze medals:
The Bragato Wine Awards, held each year as part of the New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo Bragato National Conference, are awarded to the grower for viticultural excellence. The competition recognises that growing excellent grapes is the foundation of making wines of true quality. The Trophies were presented at the Bragato Dinner in Hawke’s Bay on 27 August.
Nelson wines have been judged some of this country’s best in the prestigious Air New Zealand Wine Awards. More than a dozen Pure Gold and Pure Silver medals came to the region, as well as a number of Pure Bronze awards.
Established in 2005, the New Zealand International Wine Show is the largest wine competition held in New Zealand each year. Wines from any country and from any variety can be entered and this year 2130 entries were received from 12 countries resulting in 206 gold medals being awarded.