The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Entries open for the 2020 New Zealand Spirits Awards

The 2020 New Zealand Spirits Awards will be held in Wellington on the evening of May 7th, 2020 at 7:00pm.

Presented by Spirits New Zealand Inc. and Distilled Spirits Aotearoa (NZ) Inc., the New Zealand Spirits Awards are a celebration of spirits in New Zealand. The organisers’ aim is to acknowledge and reward the very best in local and international spirits commercially available in New Zealand and through this promote the brands and categories to consumers and trade.

The New Zealand Spirits Awards will be judged within seven categories. Each category will be recognised with gold, silver, bronze and double-gold medals as appropriate. Trophies will be awarded for both Best in Category as well as Best in New Zealand product in Category.

The New Zealand Innovation Award is also back by popular demand, and will be judged on the entrants’ overall use of New Zealand ingredients, processes, packaging and/or product design. This is a unique award and is all about the essence of New Zealand and creativity in a New Zealand context.

“Throughout the judging process, we aim to emphasise integrity and impartiality,” say the organisers. “Our blind-tasting process undertaken by our peer-recognized national and international judges, guarantees that every entry is judged fairly and given equal consideration.”

To enter the awards, head to