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Hawke's Bay to host 2017 Kiwi wine awards

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/05/2017

Winemakers and lovers are set to this year gather in Hawke's Bay to decide which drop is New Zealand's best.

Taradale will host the 31st Air New Zealand Wine Awards to be held on November 25, organisers, the New Zealand Winegrowers announced on Monday.

As the industry lobby, New Zealand Winegrowers represents 1600 grape growers and wine makers and said its awards were the country's premier wine competition.

The top prize available to wine makers on the night will be the champion wine award.

Last year, Central Otago winery Lowburn Ferry took home the prize with its Home Block Pinot Noir 2014.

Brancott Estate's Letter Series "O" Chardonnay Marlborough 2015 was also highly esteemed on the night, winning the reserve wine award.

"Winning a trophy or medal is recognition of the hard work and skill that goes into making the wine, and lets consumers know they are drinking some of the finest wine in the world," Winegrowers global marketing director Chris Yorke says.

As host of the competition, Hawke's Bay has a proud wine making history.

It has produced award-winning wine since 1851 and is known for its chardonnay and Bordeaux-blend reds, with aromatic whites and syrah also becoming increasingly popular.

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