The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Entries open for the 2024 New World Wine Awards

Entries are now open for the 2024 New World Wine Awards, with wineries from around Aotearoa and the world invited to enter their wines under $25.

After three days of blind-judging, the top ranked under $25 wines will claim their spot in the Awards’ Top 50 under $25.

The Top 50 will receive nationwide distribution in more than 140 New World stores, as well as comprehensive marketing and promotional support in-store and out.

“The New World Wine Awards offers a fantastic opportunity for wineries and distributors to showcase their top drops to customers in New World stores across both the North and South Island,” says Rachel Carter, who leads the category for Foodstuffs North Island.

“Many people associate great wine with a high price tag, but a big part of the awards is about helping our customers find top quality drops without breaking the bank.”

Entrants do not have to be existing Foodstuffs suppliers to enter – what’s key is the ability to supply enough product in the event of a win to satisfy New World’s shoppers.

There is a minimum volume of at least 4,000 bottles, or 1,800 for emerging varieties to help encourage an even wider spread of styles and producers to enter.

The independent judging panel is made up of experts from across the wine industry – including respected winemakers and industry professionals – and is chaired by Jen Parr.

The panel will evaluate each wine on appearance, taste, and smell, making collective scoring decisions according to the internationally recognised 100-point system to award Gold (95-100 points), Silver (90-94) and Bronze medals (85-89).

The top scoring wines will be tasted once again by all Senior Judges to determine the Top 50, and identify the Champions of each main varietal, and an overall Champion Red and Champion White.

There are also entry opportunities for non-alcoholic wines and wines over $25.

Head to to submit an entry. Entries close on Friday, 21 June and the full results will be announced later this year.

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