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

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

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New Chief Judge Announced

NEW CHIEF JUDGE FOR MARLBOROUGH WINE SHOW It was announced today that Jack Glover would lead the Marlborough Wine Show as Chief Judge this year. The show, in its eighth year, will take place on 15-17 October 2018. The purpose of the Marlborough Wine Show is to showcase and celebrate New Zealand’s leading wine region … Continue reading…

Associate Judge and Steward Applications open!

We are now accepting applications for Associate Judges and Stewards for the Marlborough Wine Show. Applications need to be returned by 13th August. Associate Judge Application Form 2018 Steward Application Form 2018 Associate Judge applications need to be sent to Steward applications need to be sent to

Key dates announced for Marlborough Wine Show

The key dates have been set for the Marlborough Wine Show, with entries opening on the 27th of August. All producers of Marlborough wine are invited to enter, with more information on how to enter to be released in the coming month. Entries open 27 August Entries close 21 September Labels sent to entrants for … Continue reading…

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