The NZ Organic Wine Awards are a young award, and with new, comes questions! Below are some of the common questions, and answers.

How are the awards judged? The Awards are blind tasted by a large, varied tasting panel. The panel varies from year to year, but typically includes a winemaker, organic produce specialists, restaurant owners, sommeliers, chefs, wine buyers. All judges are 100% independent, and have no business interest in any competing vineyard. Due to the non-profit nature of the awards all judges work on a volunteer basis and therefore remain anonymous.

How are wines awarded?  Wines are judged by our panel, and issued a point score, the the highest and lowest of these scores are discarded, with the remainder of the scores being averaged. Based on points thresholds the wine will then be issued a corresponding medal (if applicable).

What is the cost of entry? The NZ Organic Wine Awards act as a non-profit. We do not ask for an ‘entry’ or ‘admin’ fee, and do not charge for medal artwork, or stickers (see below). All admin staff, and judges are like minded individuals who donate their time to the awards on a voluntary basis.

What if one of our wines wins a medal? If your vineyard is awarded a medal, you will receive an email to confirm the achievement. Your vineyard may use the award title “**Gold/Silver/Bronze** Medal – 2019 NZ Organic Wine Awards” in marketing material. You will also receive digital print ready media to print your own stickers, alternatively we will arrange a ‘group buy price’ with a NZ based printer for you to purchase directly. This price will be the cost price, the NZ Organic Wine Awards does not charge a premium or admin fee on stickers.

Our vineyards are in conversion, can I still enter? Yes, providing that 100% of the grapes used are from a vineyard certified as ‘In-Conversion’ or ‘Re-conversion’with one of the certification agencies.

How do I enter? Please use the on-line entry form – Click Here

When are entries due? We urge vineyards to submit entries as soon as possible, in order to help us gauge judging requirements. However samples must be received by Friday 22nd march.

I have more questions? Please use the contact page, and we will get back to you as soon as possible!