2017 marked the 31st year of Air New Zealand's naming rights sponsorship of the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. The Awards also had a loyal family of sponsors supporting the various trophy categories. New Zealand Winegrowers is grateful for these sponsors' commitment to this premier wine awards programme.

Naming Rights Sponsor


Air New Zealand

Sponsor category: Champion Wine of the Show

Air New Zealand is proud sponsor of the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, the country's premier annual wine competition, of which they have been a sponsor for 31 years. This reflects their long-standing commitment to the New Zealand wine industry and their real passion for New Zealand wine.

Twice a year, Air New Zealand conducts an extensive wine tasting by inviting all New Zealand wineries to submit wines for in-flight selection. Wines are blind tasted by four top New Zealand wine consultants to enable selection of the very best wines to serve in-flight.

Associate Sponsors


O-I New Zealand

Sponsor category: Reserve Wine of the Show

O-I New Zealand is the nation's only glass wine bottle manufacturer. They are dedicated to supporting New Zealand's renowned wine industry and driving new wine bottle innovations.

To help the wine industry grow and develop both domestic and export markets, they offer a wide range of wine bottles featuring either screw cap or cork mouth closure systems.

O-I New Zealand continues to develop lightweight wine bottle options which are designed to minimise packaging but retain the premium look and feel of New Zealand wines.

O-I New Zealand has been a proud partner of New Zealand's wine industry and their sponsorship of the Air New Zealand Wine Awards is another example of their wide spread support for the wine industry.


JF Hillebrand New Zealand

Sponsor category: Champion Pinot Noir

JF Hillebrand NZ Ltd is proud to be associated with the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

Since 1844 JF Hillebrand has been dedicated to the efficient and cost-effective logistics of beverages. Today more than 1,800 professionals in 46 offices all over the world put that experience to work for their clients, by taking care of the smooth flow of beverages day after day.

They are now the world’s leading logistics provider to the global beverage industry. In New Zealand JF Hillebrand has been assisting winemakers deliver award-winning wines to markets around the world. Through their association with New Zealand Winegrowers they support the development and recognition of New Zealand wines throughout the world.

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Label and Litho Ltd

Sponsor category: Champion Sauvignon Blanc

At Label and Litho we love labels and we know that our passion shines through in the quality of the awesome labels that we produce! We are 100% New Zealand owned, we have world class printing presses (both conventional flexo and digital – so whatever the quantity, whatever the look, we have the best equipment for the job) and state of the art finishing lines. Our state of the art finishing lines mean we can add the latest and the very greatest embellishments to the labels that we produce – hi build, foils, normal embosses, sculptured embosses, textures plus more.

Along with our commitment to producing awesome labels we have made a commitment to environmental sustainability. In 2008 we became the first label printing company in NZ to achieve Enviro-Mark Gold. And to keep us true to our environmental commitments an external auditor comes along and audits us every year.

We see our labels on shelves everywhere and this makes us proud! It’s really no wonder that Label & Litho are trusted to supply labels to New Zealand and the world!


Rabobank New Zealand

Sponsor category: Champion Chardonnay

Rabobank New Zealand is a long term supporter of the New Zealand wine industry and works with a range of New Zealand grape growers and wine companies providing financial services and access to a global network of food and agribusiness knowledge.

The bank’s specialist staff have a genuine interest and true understanding of the challenges and the opportunities facing New Zealand’s wine industry and work closely with clients to understand their individual needs and provide them with the best service, value and expertise.

Rabobank is proud to sponsor the Air New Zealand Wine Awards and award the Champion Chardonnay Trophy.

Silver Sponsors


Bayleys Real Estate

Sponsor category: Champion Merlot, Cabernet & Blends

Bayleys Hawke’s Bay is proud to sponsor the Air New Zealand Wine Awards and award the Champion Merlot, Cabernet & Blends Trophy.

Recently purchased by three of the Bay’s most respected and experienced real estate professionals, Bayleys Hawke’s Bay is now well placed to provide the superior service and results synonymous with the Bayleys Brand.

In this sellers market, it remains important to partner with the best to achieve the best results. Our teams in Napier, Havelock North and Waipukurau have specialist agents in residential, commercial and industrial; leasing, business, horticulture, rural, lifestyle and viticulture property sales poised to deliver you outstanding results.

We take pride in the fact that we provide the highest level of industry experience, service and commitment. But most importantly, we take pride in our results.
Choose Bayleys Hawke’s Bay, we’ve got the Bay covered.


Dish Magazine

Sponsor category: Champion Open Red Wine Trophy

Dish is an award-winning bi-monthly magazine and website for people who enjoy good food and matching it with the perfect wine.

Every issue contains inspiring seasonal recipes and stories about New Zealand food and wine producers. The content is beautifully presented and easy to follow, and offers inspiration for both accomplished cooks and those keen to try something new.


Fruitfed Supplies Limited

Sponsor category: Champion Syrah

Fruitfed Supplies is committed to supporting New Zealand’s premier wine competition through sponsorship of the Syrah varietal category, a wine variety for which New Zealand has a growing international reputation.

Fruitfed Supplies is proud of the strong and productive relationship we have with the New Zealand viticulture industry. Our own research and trial programmes are aimed at ensuring we continue to offer the best plant protection and nutrition management programmes that meet industry guidelines. With highly trained and experienced field staff operating across the country, Fruitfed Supplies is committed to servicing and supporting the needs of winegrowers and winemakers in New Zealand.


Guala Closures New Zealand

Sponsor category: Champion Pinot Gris

Guala Closures NZ is the only New Zealand based manufacturer of aluminium screwcaps and has been operating in New Zealand since 2005. Guala Closures Group is the largest global closure manufacturer and since the 1950s has been producing many different closure solutions for wines, spirits, juices, waters, as well as crown seals and pharmaceutical closures.

In 2012 as a commitment to sustainability Guala Closures was the first wine closure manufacturer to offer 100% carbon neutral wine closures and continues to do so. Guala Closures is a proud supporter of the New Zealand wine industry and is delighted to once again be involved with the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.


New World

Sponsor category: Champion Open White Wine

Our 138 New World stores across the country are positioned to deliver the best overall shopping experience to completely meet our customers' needs with the best possible range of groceries and fresh food, significant quality, excellent customer service and great value for money. The shelves are stocked with the most popular brands, and we are constantly looking for new products that suit our customers' busy lifestyles.

Shopping with New World is always more rewarding with Clubcard. Scan it with every shop to save money with Club Deals and to enter exclusive competitions.


Plant & Food Research

Sponsor category: Champion Riesling

From enhancing vineyard practices to evaluating the experience of the consumer, Plant & Food Research is right behind New Zealand wine.

With science teams throughout New Zealand, including a dedicated Viticulture and Oenology Group based in Marlborough, the Institute works closely with growers and winemakers to support the future of New Zealand’s premier wine status through science and innovation.

Through their vineyard and laboratory-based studies, Plant & Food Research works closely with New Zealand Winegrowers' Sustainable Winegrowing programme to improve the environmental and economic sustainability of vineyards, as well as helping growers address key pest and disease management issues.



Quay Connect

Sponsor category: Champion Other White Styles

Quay Connect represents a sea change in import and export flow. At Quay Connect we’re reinventing distribution logistics for a brighter future – because smarter ways of working will not only benefit our customers, but the world around us too.

There are simply too many under-utilised ship movements, empty truck transfers, unnecessary storage stops and underfilled trucks making their way around New Zealand, putting a load on New Zealand’s infrastructure and increasing our carbon footprint. Quay Connect directly addresses the key issues of the time – the sustainability of businesses commercially, environmentally and reputationally.

The award–winning model delivers a superior way of distributing goods, by focusing movement around a central, port-side storage hub, resulting in optimal import and export loads through all phases of the supply chain.

Quay Connect is the chosen logistics service for wine industry leaders with a mandate to align with sustainable transport partners.


Riedel New Zealand

Sponsor category: Champion Gewürztraminer

The Riedel name has stood for the high art of glassmaking for 260 years. Their 1950s discovery that the shape of the glass impacts aroma and flavour, and the subsequent development of varietal specific stemware in the 1980s, revolutionised the wine industry.

In the past 20 years, the brand has designed three varietal glasses with help from New Zealand’s winemakers, including the Vinum Sauvignon Blanc, the Central Otago Pinot Noir, and the recently released Veritas Sauvignon Blanc glass.

Riedel is the brand of choice for discerning wineries, restaurants and wine connoisseurs, and is available through RSN New Zealand. Contact info@jrsn.cko.nz2 or call 0800 77 66 95.



Sponsor category: Champion Sparkling Wine

WineWorks’ New Zealand wide network provides bottling and warehousing solutions to a large number of New Zealand wineries to enable them to focus their expertise on making and marketing great New Zealand wine to the world.

As New Zealand's leading contract bottler, we aim to be "Trusted to Bottle New Zealand for the World". Our sponsorship of this trophy reflects our commitment to sparkling wine production and the exciting growth prospects that this sector continues to deliver.

Exhibition Sponsors


New Holland Agriculture

Sponsor Category: Champion Exhibition Red Wine

New Holland Agriculture is a truly global brand and delivers the widest agricultural equipment range in the world, including specialty tractors and the BRAUD Grape Harvester series.

Since first introduced in 1975, BRAUD Grape Harvesters have delivered the best harvesting quality and productivity. Today the new BRAUD 9000L series continues to be built around proven BRAUD design DNA and has been embraced by many leading New Zealand winegrowers.

For over 30 years New Holland’s specialist teams at the Coëx factory in France have designed, fine-tuned and produced over 13,000 grape harvesters. With such a wealth of experience, New Holland and BRAUD have set the benchmark in terms of production quality, grape harvesting quality and response to multifunction expectations from wine growers throughout the world.

Product Sponsors


Ō Pure

Ō Pure – Natural New Zealand Artesian water is sourced from an aquifer beneath the Heretaunga Plains in Hawke's Bay.

Ō Pure starts its journey on the snow-capped Ruahine Ranges, it is then filtered via the famous Gimblett gravels before being bottled at source in Whakatu, Hawke's Bay some generations later. This extra-long aging and filtering process makes Ō Pure one of the purest vintages of water in the world.

Ō Pure is now one of New Zealand's leading premium independent water companies. Proudly New Zealand owned.

Ō Pure Sparkling comes in ultra-premium glass 250ml and 750ml and is a wonderful food and wine accompaniment. Further, Ō Pure is available for everyday use in 330ml, 500ml and the market leading 10L Bag in Box.


Whitestone Cheese

In the limestone country of the central South Island, there is a place touched by a kind of magic that can’t be found elsewhere in the world. It’s in the air, the water, the pastures and the ancient white rock that inspired the name of Whitestone.

The subtle flavours that belong to Whitestone reflect the quality of the land, grass and water that give rise to them. Clear, clean and tangy – a reflection of the windswept coast and the powerful hills that frame a landscape of green serenity.