2016 marks the 30th year of Air New Zealand's naming rights sponsorship of the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. The Awards also has 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 30 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 30th edition of the Air New Zealand Wine Awards and award the Champion Chardonnay Trophy.

Silver Sponsors


Coast FM

Sponsor category: Champion Merlot, Cabernet & Blends

Coast is proud to continue our relationship with the Air New Zealand Wine awards.

We are one of New Zealand’s most successful radio stations – with more than 284,000 listeners nationwide. Coast plays the music you grew up with, and love to sing along to, from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. We are the ultimate musical escape from your daily grind. The real personalities on Coast will tell you what’s happening today, in an easy going, uncluttered environment.

Coast on the radio, and a glass of New Zealand wine: the perfect combination.


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 extremely 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 trained and experienced field staff operating from 18 locations across the country, Fruitfed Supplies is committed to servicing and supporting the needs of the winegrowers and winemakers of 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.

Phone: 09 820 9090



Sponsor category:
Champion Rosé Trophy

Kiwi owned and operated, Liquorland launched 35 years ago and has grown to over 100 stores nationwide. As a franchise-operated business, Liquorland store owners share their own specific local knowledge with a focus on customer service, regular fantastic promotions and an emphasis on being involved in the local community.

Another big plus for customers is the opportunity to get Fly Buys points or to earn Airpoints Dollars™. And with Liquorland being a participant in the Fly Buys rewards programme, customers can also enjoy redeeming points for liquor rewards, always a popular choice.

For beverage lovers, our Toast magazine is the place to go for inspiring yet achievable cocktail recipes, drink trends, expert advice and giveaways. Check out the online version at and sign up to the weekly newsletter.

You can shop with us in-store or via click and collect.


New World

Sponsor category: Champion Open White Wine

Our 97 New World stores in the North Island 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.


Quay Connect

Sponsor category: Champion Other White Styles

QuayConnect represents a sea change in import and export flow. At QuayConnect 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 footrprint.

QuayConnect 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.

All of this means that getting your product to market won’t take as long. Producers deserve the flexibility of shorter lead times that come from having four daily connections to Port Nelson, and now they can do so safe in the knowledge that they are treading lightly too.


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-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.



Plumm Glassware

Sponsor category: Champion Gewürztraminer

Using the right wine glass can mean the difference between a good glass of wine and a great one. Just as listening to music requires the right acoustics, great wine needs the right wine glass to showcase everything it has to offer.

Plumm has achieved this goal with a balance of simplicity and elegance backed by extensive research and input from some of the world's leading winemakers and industry professionals.

Born and bred in Melbourne, Plumm is the first Australian glassware brand designed for specific wine styles. Produced in Europe from the highest quality crystal, Plumm provides wine drinkers a slice of everyday luxury, offering the perfect glass to bring out the best in their preferred wine style.



Sponsor category: Champion Sweet Wine

Want to find the Air New Zealand Wine Awards winners wherever you are in the world? Wine-Searcher, the search engine for wine, does just that. Wine-Searcher enables wine-lovers to locate and price wines wherever they are.

As well as enabling you to compare prices, Wine-Searcher provides a wealth of information – critic scores, wine regions, grape varieties, news and awards the wine has won.

Wine-Searcher brings together more than 8.5 million wines and current prices from 71,000 international wine merchants. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Wine-Searcher is an essential tool for wine enthusiasts the world over, and with more than 20 million page views a month, it is the world's leading online wine resource.


WineWorks Limited

Sponsor category: Champion Sparkling

Celebrating its 21st birthday this year, WineWorks bottling and warehousing services help New Zealand wineries focus on the things that make a difference – making and marketing great wine to the World.

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

Exhibition Sponsors


Rangitikei Chicken

Sponsor Category: Champion Exhibition White or Sparkling Wine

Tender, juicy and delicious Rangitikei’s golden meat delivers superior tasting chicken for meals where good taste really matters. Rangitikei chickens are free to roam and forage out in the fresh New Zealand air in the Taranaki region.

Their diet of natural yellow corn supplemented with other grains, vitamins and minerals, combined with a life lived with sunshine and fresh air, gives the chicken a succulent taste and texture for a richer buttery taste.

Rangitikei farmers take great pride in providing their chickens with a better standard of welfare and quality of life. That’s why they’re proud to have been the first poultry meat supplier to have been awarded the SPCA blue tick for animal welfare.

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.


Ōra King Salmon

Ōra King is to salmon as Wagyu is to beef.

When aspiring to culinary excellence, not all salmon are created equal. Ōra King is the best of our unique breed of King salmon, nurtured throughout their lifecycle to ensure the finest results. The naturally high oil content which can be seen in the marbled fat lines within the bright orange flesh, delivers an elegant, buttery texture and rich full flavor. Ōra King salmon is inspired by and created for fine dining chefs throughout New Zealand and around the world.

Sustainably raised by the New Zealand King Salmon Company Ltd. in the cool, deep sea waters of the Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand.

We are proud to sponsor Ōra King salmon for the AirNZ Wine Awards Gala dinner, Ōra King salmon and fine wine are a perfect match.


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.