The MWS was launched in 2011 to provide NZ’s largest wine producing region with its own wine competition.

The objective is to demonstrate to the world’s wine media and global wine markets that Marlborough offers significant and valuable diversity through its wine styles and sub-regions.

Having come of age within the sphere of ‘Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc’, it is time to discover, embrace and promote our other wine styles as well as diversity within Sauvignon Blanc itself.

The 2018 Marlborough Wine Show

Entries are now closed for 2018

Judging: 15 – 17  October
Celebration Lunch: 26 October

Previous winners

Chief Judge Oliver Masters spoke of the 2015 judging event, reporting that the 2015 Sauvignon Blancs were the strongest line-up of the varietal that he’d ever judged.

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The Marlborough Wine Show will review, assess and showcase style diversity and sub-regionality using a panel of professional, experienced judges from both New Zealand and overeas. This will provide the following outcomes:

  • Acknowledgment of and rewards for quality Marlborough wines
  • Trophies, gold, silver and bronze medal awards
  • Proof that Marlborough is about much more than Sauvignon Blanc
  • Proof that there are a number of styles of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
  • A review and assessment of older vintages
  • A relevant, credible platform for Marlborough producers to promote their wines
  • A celebration of excellence

Latest News Articles

Pinot Noir the Big Winner at Marlborough Wine Show

Press Release October 26, 2018   Pinot Noir the big winner at Marlborough Wine Show Pinot Noirs ranging from 2012 to 2017 took out the three major awards at this year’s Marlborough Wine Show. Winner of the OI International Wine of the Show was Villa Maria’s Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Noir 2015. Chair of Judges, … Continue reading…

Eleven varieties, 38 Gold Medals at Marlborough Wine Show

Press Release October 23, 2018 Eleven varieties, 38 Gold Medals at Marlborough Wine Show Marlborough showed its vast strength at this year’s Marlborough Wine Show, with 11 varieties taking out 38 gold medals. It was Pinot Noir that topped the gold medal table, with a total of 12 awarded. Chief Judge Jack Glover says the … Continue reading…

Get tickets to Celebration Long Lunch

Wine Marlborough and the Marlborough Wine Show Committee invite you to join us for the Awards Lunch to celebrate the people, the place and wines that make us who we are and what we’re famous for. This is an opportunity to celebrate all things Marlborough, catch up with your industry peers and celebrate the trophy-winning … Continue reading…

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