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Entries open for the 2023 Marlborough Wine Show

Entries are now open for the 2023 Marlborough Wine Show.

Three new trophies are up for the taking this year, with a Champion wine being awarded for three subregions: the Wairau Valley, the Southern Valleys, and Awatere & South Marlborough.

Newly appointed Chief Judge Stu Marfell says the show is a wonderful opportunity for Marlborough wine producers to benchmark their wines against others in the region, which has become widely known as the region that put New Zealand on the world wine stage.

“The Marlborough Wine Show is unique in the fact that it evaluates Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in sub-classes of Marlborough’s three main subregions,” he says.

“This year, we will announce a champion wine from each of the subregions, and they will be eligible for Champion Wine of the Show. It will be great to recognise the amazing diversity of wine styles and terroir that we have here in Marlborough.” 

The Champion Low-Alcohol Wine trophy will also return this year.

“The lifestyle category that is low-alcohol wines is growing in engagement from both consumers and producers, and we would like to celebrate the significant innovation that is happening in this area here in Marlborough,” says Marfell.

In total, there will be 23 trophies up for contention, including Champion Wine of the Show, The Legacy Award, The Coterie Wine of Provenance, and the Best Organic Wine trophies. 

Alternate-style Sauvignon Blanc will continue to be judged as a class of its own.

Entries are open now at, and close on Wednesday, September 20

Judging is set to take place between October 18-20 and Trophies will be awarded at The Marlborough Wine Celebration – Honouring 50 Years, on November 17. 

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