The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Kiwi wineries compete for a place on Air New Zealand flights

Air New Zealand has invited 125 New Zealand wineries to submit their best drops for consideration onboard the airline’s Business Premier cabins and select lounges.

Next month, some of New Zealand’s most respected wine experts will come together to choose the list of the country’s finest wines for 2024.

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer, Leanne Geraghty, says more than 500 wines will go through a blind taste testing to whittle down more than 500 wines to a small selection to feature onboard.

“Our wine experts are seeking the perfect balance of richness, elegance, and complexity in each bottle they discover,” she says.

“They understand the unique personality of every varietal and region, piecing together a collection that’s both impressive and representative of New Zealand’s wine industry.

“The result is a fantastic array of New Zealand wines onboard that that showcase to customers the best of New Zealand’s wine to destinations like New York, Tokyo and Shanghai.”

For the current 2023 offering, the selection panel chose 56 wines, spanning eight varietals, that demonstrate exceptional quality, consistency, and distinctiveness, as well as capturing the essence of New Zealand’s diverse wine regions.

Among the varietals selected are Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, each demonstrating the unique character and excellence that has become synonymous with New Zealand wine.

Across all its flights and lounges, Air New Zealand serves up roughly 62,000 litres of Sauvignon Blanc, 53,000 litres of Chardonnay and 59,000 litres of Pinot Noir of wine each year – all of which is grown and produced in New Zealand.

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