The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Entries open for the 2022 New World Wine Awards

Celebrating its 20th year, the New World Wine Awards are recognised within the New Zealand liquor industry for pairing international wine show standards with a retail platform that sees the top wines enjoy a measurable lift in sales as a direct result of winning medals.

With the goal to find the very best wines that are also affordable and accessible for shoppers, the awards focus on wines that retail for $25 or less.

The Top 50 Gold medal-winning wines will be rewarded with distribution through 140 New World stores across the country.

The minimum volume requirement for popular varietals is 4,000 bottles to enable a wide spread of styles and producers to enter.

To open the opportunity for more niche varietal producers and encourage consumer trial of lesser-known varieties the minimum volume requirement for emerging varietals has been reduced to 1,600 bottles, with specific classes to give these wines additional focus.

Zero-alcohol wines are also encouraged to enter.

Entries close on Friday, 8 July and will this year be submitted via the RNA online platform.

Full details are available at or contact the competition director at

Judging is scheduled for August in Blenheim, where the independent panel will be overseen by Co-Chairs Sam Kim and Jen Parr.

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