Int Wine Competition 2012

‘Entries open for the 2013 Spiegelau International Wine Competition’

This year’s event is again anticipating entries from all over the globe, culminating in a comprehensive, independent review of wines available on the New Zealand market.

Judges include a number of international guests such as Phil Reedman MW from Adelaide, Adrian Atkinson from the UK and Annette Scarfe MW from Singapore. Accompanying them will be some of New Zealand’s most experienced and respected judges, the majority of whom judge every year at this event, helping to provide consistency.

Trophy sponsors are a number of high profile companies and their brands including Singapore Airlines, Silver Fern Farms, Caffe L’affare, Scenic Hotel Group, Liquorland, Antipodes Water and the Gow Langsford Gallery.

The Spiegelau International Wine Competition provides a number of clear points of difference with other New Zealand-based wine shows:

  • 100% independent – the event is owned and organised by Wine Competition Ltd
  •  Judging is conducted using four, style-specific glasses ensuring the wines are appraised in the most authentic way
  •  Bottles of wine not required during the judging process are donated to the Cresswell Jackson New Zealand Wine Trust for auction and proceeds are returned to the New Zealand wine industry via grants and scholarships.
  • In recognition of the investment required to enter wine competitions, the Spiegelau International Wine Competition is offering a 10% discount for any companies entering more than 30 wines

Competition Director, Belinda Jackson says, “We are always looking for ways to improve the relevance and value of this event for all stakeholders; the wine industry, sponsors and wine consumers’.

For more information contact Competition Administrator, Margaret Cresswell via 03 572 9857 or Competition Director, Belinda Jackson via or 027 444 8 666


About Belinda Jackson's Blog

I'm a professional wino! I am GM for Blind River, a small vineyard planted with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in Marlborough's beautiful Awatere Valley. You can see more at I am a director of Wine Competition Ltd which owns and runs two independent wine competitions in New Zealand: the Spiegelau International Wine Competition ( and the Marlborough Wine Show ( When not 'wining' I am championing local causes such as Renwick Smart & Connected and the Mistletoe Bay Foundation. I have been on the board of New Zealand Riding for the Disabled for over six years. I have three books published and I have a regular wine slot on Radio New Zealand. I started in the wine industry in Bordeaux in the mid-eighties before heading back to the UK to work with a wine wholesaler. Ten years later I was responsible for sourcing and buying 750,000 cases of wine from around the world for one of the country's big brewers. I have been in NZ since 1995 and absolutely love it (the only other place I'd want to live is France...)
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