Wine Shows and competitions have developed as a way for producers to bench-mark themselves against other wines and wineries, and they have added significantly to the increase in quality of wines. Discover how the competitions work, and how a wine becomes a gold medal winner.

  • Wine competitions and what the medals mean

    Wine has always been on show - an agricultural product that has always stood alongside other products like meat and vegetables on display in village fetes and market days, probably since Roman times.  see more

  • The Back Room

    All wine shows in New Zealand and overseas have two parts to them – the front and the back. The front is the judging room and has judges who come from a variety of fields from winemakers, wine retailers, wine consultants and wine writers. The back room is covered by stewards.  see more