Congratulations to Askerne Estate Winery for winning the 2022 Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition with their 2021 Reserve Chardonnay!
The George Hotel hosted the 20th Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition on the 17th & 18th of September, where a panel consisting of Jim Harré, Dom Maxwell, James McElrea, Sam Kim, Petter Evans and Sam Smail blind judged the 278 wines over two days.
Jim Harré, Chairman of Judges commented that “The Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition is critical in demonstrating to Canterbury the incredible quality and range of New Zealand wines available, as well as giving consumers a guide to quality in selecting their purchases.”
“The wines were judged and awarded medals using the same high international standards as the world’s best competitions” explains Jim. To see 86% of wines entered receive a medal shows that the New Zealand wine industry is up there with the global market. “For me personally, it was a great experience to taste the range of wines from different regions and see the distinctive regional flavours and aromas so clearly displayed within the varietal classes.”
Thank you to everyone who entered the 2022 Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition. Now without further ado, we present the winners of the 20th Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition!