2018 Entries open now. 

Entries for the fifth annual NZ Organic Wine Awards are now open!

Dear Organic winery.

We are now in our fifth season of running the NZ Organic Wine Awards. The Awards have seen steady growth since our inception, including the increase of participation numbers, numbers of medals on bottles, website visits and media coverage! In short, things are looking really positive, and we look forward to further improvements.

As part of our strategy, we sit down after each award and take a look at what we do well, and what could do with a little more thought. We receive an overwhelmingly positive response to our independent status, and also our ‘no cost’ status (both in terms of entering the award, medal artwork and viewing results/tasting notes). Being effectively a non-monetary organisation does provide a few challenges for us, so I want to acknowledge and thank our volunteer admin, marketing and judging staff. We have also signed some strategic partnership agreements this year in order to reduce some of our administration costs and help us further our mission!

Riedel are our exclusive glassware provider, judging will now be completed using the Riedel Magnum Overture glasses. Riedel will also be providing Decanter trophies for Winery of the Year, and

Vintec/Electrolux have provided us with a dedicated wine refrigerator to ensure sample wine is stored in a stable environment prior to judging and tastings.

The cost savings as a direct result of these partnerships will allow us to divert some of our existing funds towards a modest marketing budget.


To enter your organic wine for awards consideration, you will need.

  • To be certified organic by one of the four certification agencies in NZ, we define organic as producing wine using grapes from 100% certified vineyards.
  • Complete the online entry form and sustainability questionnaire
  • Send 4 bottles of each wine entered for judging to the address detailed in the entry form.

Your wine will be judged in alongside other wines of the same variety by a large and varied panel of independent judges (check out our Stance page for our position on independent judging). Wine’s are scored out of a possible 100 points, and then awarded one of the following medals accordingly.

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Wine of the show

In addition to these accolades we also award the following awards.

  • NZ Organic Vineyard of the year
  • NZ Organic Wine Awards ‘Sustainable vineyard of the year’

Deadline for entries (and samples) to be received is Friday 30th March.
Medals and accolades will be announced May 2nd.

Stickers will be available for purchase at our cost price to winners, or supplied in digital format (free of charge) if you prefer to order your own award stickers.

To Enter your wine please click here – Entry Form

For more information, please use the contact us page, or visit the FAQ page.