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2022 New Zealand Fruit Wine & Cider Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2022 New Zealand Fruit Wine & Cider Awards were announced over the weekend with Zeffer’s Slack Ma Girdle taking overall NZ Champion Cider.

The awards have been held annually since 1984 but due to the recent growth of the cider industry, the NZ Cider Awards have been held independently since 2015.

The awards aim to recognise the high quality of cider produced in New Zealand, as well as the growing range of styles available.

The trophy winners for the 2022 Fruit Wine & Cider Awards are:


Overall NZ Champion Cider
Slack Ma Girdle – Zeffer Cider

Best Modern Cider
Cider – Morningcider

Best Traditional Cider
Slack Ma Girdle – Zeffer Cider

Best Pear Cider / Perry
Morally Bankrupt Pear Cider 2021 – Scoundrels and Rogues Craft Cider

Best Cider with Berry Fruit
Old Mout Boysencider – Old Mout Cider

Best Cider with Non-Berry Fruits
Mata Feijoa Cider – Mata Beer

Best Cider with Hops, Spices, Botanicals or Honey
Hot X Buns – Morningcider

Best Ice Cider
Sparkling Ice Cider – The Cider Factorie

Best Low/Zero Alcohol Cider
Old Mill 0.5% Cider with Boysenberry – Old Mill Cider

Fruit Wine:

Fruit Wine

NZ Champion Fruit Wine & Mead
Lothlorien Medium Sparkling Apple & Feijoa Fruit Wine 750ml

Best Seltzer & Spritzer Style
Rekorderlig Ultra – Berry

Best Fortified Fruit Wine / Fruit Liqueur
Lothlorien Liqueur Feijoa & Manuka Honey 500 Ml

Best Mead
Beehave Craft Meadery – Fever Dream

Best Alcoholic Ginger Beer / Lemonade
Zeffer Cider Co. Ginger Beer

Best Alcoholic Kombucha / Hard Tea
Alice Hard Brewed Tea – Hibiscus, Rosehip & Apple

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