Welcome to the 2017 Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards

Full List of 2016 Results   
The Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards now in their 17th year is the oldest regional wine awards competition in New Zealand.  The Awards objective is to identify, promote and celebrate excellence in wine making in the Hawke’s Bay region as well as endorsing the contribution viticulture has to the economic, cultural and social well-being of Hawke’s Bay.
Entries are accepted from wineries with wine made from 85% Hawke’s Bay grapes. Over 90% of Hawke’s Bay wineries including multinational wine makers with vineyards in and out of Hawke’s Bay enter this competition.

Hawke's Bay Winegrowers Association endorses and supports the Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Competition and the role it plays to identify, promote and celebrate excellence in wine making in the Hawke's Bay region while recognising the contribution viticulture plays in the economic, cultural and social wellbeing of Hawke's Bay 




Entry Detail

Entries can be submitted by; 
 1. Scanned and emailed to
2. Posted to; PO Box 349, Hastings.
3. Enter on line 
Invoices will be emailed for payment prior to Judging.  Entry Fee: $63.25 Incl GST per wine entry.  Student Entry Fee: Nil

Entries Open 1 July 2017
DOWNLOAD Entry Form AND Rules & Regulations

1st July 2017
ENTRIES CLOSE: 8 September 2017 - No late entries, Electronic entries will be accepted at Wine Show
LABELS SENT TO ENTRANTS BY:  Posted week 11 to 15 September 2017
SAMPLE WINE DELIVERY REQUIRED BY: 3pm – 21 September 2017, Any wine received after this date will not be judged.
Delivery to Wineworks Hawke’s Bay, 5 James Rochfort Place, Flaxmere, Hastings 4175, clearly marked “WINE AWARDS”  If you are a customer of Wineworks Hawke’s Bay, labels will not be sent to you they will go direct to Wineworks. (please indicate on entry form)
JUDGING: 25 & 26 September 2017, Eastern Institute of Technology School of Wine Sensory Laboratory
INDUSTRY EXHIBITOR TASTING: 27 September 2017 – 9.30am Eastern Institute of Technology
AWARDS DINNER: 17 October 2017 - Waikoko Gardens, Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay


Competition Information and the 2016 Judges

Competition Objective

  • To identify, promote and celebrate excellence in wine making in the Hawke's Bay region.
  • To endorse the contribution of viticulture to the economic, cultural and social well-being of Hawke’s Bay.
  • To champion the role of the Hawke’s Bay A&P Society to the Hawke’s Bay community.
  • To secure the continuing financial viability of the competition.

judges for 2017 awards tbc

Judges:  Meet the Team for 2016  Senior and Associates

  • Chairman of Judges Warren Gibson

    Chief Winemaker, Trinity Hill, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Proprietor, Bilancia, home of la collina Syrah, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
    Educated at Massey University, New Zealand, and at Roseworthy Agricultural College, South Australia. He began his winemaking career in New Zealand in 1987, subsequently travelling the world as a Flying Winemaker, including vintages in Australia, Italy, Hungary, France and California. This represents over 30 vintages across ten international wine regions.  
    Warren is about to embark on his 20th vintage at Trinity Hill, currently as Chief Winemaker. He also heads the viticultural team and has control over their vineyards.  In 2005, Warren was named “New Zealand Winemaker of the Year” by “Winestate” a specialist Australasian wine magazine, The following year, in 2006 he was declared “Winemaker of the Year“ at the Mercedes Benz Hawkes Bay Wine Show.
    In 1997 with partner Lorraine Leheny, also a winemaker, they established their own brand, Bilancia. In Italian, Bilancia translates to balance and equilibrium. The la collina Syrah is now in its 14th vintage. The material for la collina (Italian for “The Little Hill”), is grown on the steep slopes of Roy’s Hill, near Hastings.  Since 1998, Warren has been a regular judge at all of his country's major wine shows plus a range of wine competitions in Australia.  In 2015, Warren spent time as visiting Winemaker on a Walter, Carew and Richard Reynell Fellowship as guest of the University of Adelaide mentoring the Hickinbotham Roseworthy Oenology students.
    Currently, Warren’s major ambitions include trying to be competitive in all departments with his 18 year old son, Jakob, and daughter Grace (15), and being a better golfer at 49 than he once was at 25. Or, at least, finding the time to try!.
  • Patrick Comiskey - Los Angeles

    Senior International Judge
    Patrick Comiskey
    is a Senior Correspondent for Wine & Spirits Magazine, where he serves as chief critic for all American wines not from California, and regularly contributes articles devoted to California, Oregon and Washington wine, winegrowing, and wine culture. He is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, where he serves as the principal wine writer. His work has appeared on Wine Review Online, as well as in the San Francisco Chronicle, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Decanter, Lucky Peach, and the Robb Report. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an instructor in the wine business at UCLA, and where he’s just completed a history of the American Rhône wine movement. 
  • Sue Bastian - Adelaide

    Senior International Judge
    Sue Bastian [BSc (Hons)
    , PhD, Grad. Dip. Oenology] is Associate Professor in Oenology and Sensory Studies and manager of the Sensory Research Facility at the University of Adelaide where she has conducted research and been a wine educator for 14 years. Her initial interest in wine and sensory science was stimulated by her teetotal parents and her study of biochemistry and psychology. Sue previously worked as a senior scientist investigating milk proteins for health and disease before working with a more interesting beverage. Sue annually trains over 200 oenology, viticulture and wine business course work and PhD students. She conducts industry sensory training and has completed the AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course, judged at a number of Australian wine shows including the Sydney International Wine Competition, the Royal Sydney Wine Show and the Rutherglen, Adelaide Hills and Inland Irrigated wines shows, and has a small wine making business in the Adelaide Hills. Wine, food and consumers are at the core of Sue’s research interests which include: 1 Defining mechanisms of astringency perception; 2 Wine and food consumer emotions, preference and behaviour; 3 The influence of context on sensory perception; 4 Characterisation of viticulture practices and oenological processing effects on grape and wine sensory attributes and quality; 5 Grape and wine tannins in gut disease and wound healing; 6 Regional characteristics of Australian grapes and wine and alternative varieties and 7. Co-creation of new wines to meet consumer demands. Sue has written over 60 scientifically, peer reviewed publications in viticulture, oenology, sensory and consumer science and is currently developing wine business and consumer educational material on Australian wine in Mandarin for electronic resources.
  • Rod Easthope - Hawke's Bay

    Senior Judge - Hawke's Bay Rod Easthope
    During my school holidays I worked in my stepfather's Dartmoor Valley vineyards. And I loved it. Dry dusty summers working up and down rows on tractors and foot were the greatest foundation for the career that followed. I met wine makers who arrived in their impressive Utes to inspect the crop and make picking decisions. I subserviently hung to each comment they made as they wandered around the vineyard - it was provocative stuff for a 14 year old yet to decide his path.
    Back then a degree from Roseworthy College in South Australia was the leading qualification for oenology and viticulture. Armed with that I embarked on winemaking roles in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and France (no coincidence they are all Rugby playing nations!).
    I was spoilt with many visits to the great vineyards of France and had more great bottles of wine than my financial station or age warranted due to the generosity of others. Gradually these experiences catalysed my evolution from academic winemaker to intuitive, purist winegrower.
    Much of my career has been spent trying to emulate those inspiring wines. Now though, it's time to craft wines that taste like no other.
  • Yvonne Lorkin - Hawke's Bay

    Senior Judge - Hawke's Bay Yvonne Lorkin
  • Emma Jenkins MW - Taupo

    Senior Judge - Taupo  Emma Jenkins MW
    Emma abandoned her university training in anatomy and structural biology for a more sociable career in wine. She's worked in fine wine retail, studied winemaking and viticulture, and in 2011 became New Zealand’s ninth Master of Wine.  
    Emma is wine columnist for the New Zealand edition of The Australian Women’s Weekly, co-editor of The Independent Wine Monthly alongside Jane Skilton MW, and also writes on a freelance basis for a number of trade and general publications.

    In addition, Emma teaches WSET courses, is involved with the MW education program, and continues to hone her skills judging wine both at local and international competitions. Emma's spare time is spent attempting to gain control of a large unruly garden populated by small children, dogs, chickens and two pet pigs. This is largely proving futile.

  • Huw Kinch - Martinborough

    Senior Judge - Martinborough
    Huw has been with Escarpment Vineyard in Martinborough as winemaker since spring of 2008. Huw grew up in the Snowy Mountains area of NSW and studied winemaking in Australia at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW.  Huw first came to New Zealand for a vintage in Hawkes Bay for Trinity Hill in 2007 and enjoyed it so much he returned for a second vintage in 2008. Then the opportunity arose to move to Martinborough to work along side Larry McKenna, concentrating on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  Huw has worked in the Hunter Valley, Margaret River, Coonawarra, California, Languedoc/Roussillon, Burgundy and Hawkes Bay.

  • Murray Cook - Marlborough

    Associate Judge - Marlborough
    With Australian DNA and a New Zealand accent, Murray began working in the vineyards of Central Otago during the winter of 2003 while pursuing his other interest, snow sports. It was there, in frigid temperatures that his interest in wine as a career was solidified. From there, it was off to the Australia’s Yarra Valley where he worked in the winery at Yering Station for 5 years whilst studying winemaking at Charles Sturt University. It was during this time at Yering Station that he was able to work abroad in Champagne and Burgundy. In 2008 he moved to Marlborough, to work as a winemaker at Villa Maria Estate before joining the winemaking team at Dog Point Vineyard in late 2013.
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  • Lydia Hartshorne - Hawke's Bay

    Associate Judge - Hawke's Bay
    Originally from the ‘land of Sauvignon Blanc’, Lydia Hartshorne immersed herself in the world of wine from a young age. 
    Lydia took her first step towards a career in the wine industry when she was appointed Laboratory Technician for Brancott Estate in 2008. Since then, and between chasing summers around the world, she has tucked a further seven vintage seasons under her belt working for Pernod Ricard nationally and abroad. 
    Finding her calling, Lydia enrolled in wine production papers at NMIT while continuing to work full time for Brancott Estate. She soon discovered her passion for wine marketing and selling the story, inspiring a move to Hawkes Bay.
    Lydia is currently enrolled in the reputable Diploma in Wine Marketing course at EIT. While studying full time, she is further developing her retail skills, marketing skills and regional wine knowledge at Advintage Wines in Havelock North. 
    Lydia’s first experience as an associate judge was for the 2016 winter edition of WineNZ Magazine. She feels tremendously privileged to be assisting such an honourable team of judges this year for the Hawkes Bay Baileys A&P Wine Awards, and looks forward to the array and calibre of wines up for awards.
    Aside from developing her wine expertise, Lydia is a self-confessed foodie with her sticky date pudding being highly sought after and a winner at all dinner parties.
    Lydia has fallen in love with the wine culture in Hawkes Bay and is eager to find out what the future holds for her.

  • Richard Tollenaar - Hawke's Bay

    Associate Judge - Hawke's Bay
    Early retirement from a successful Auckland bakery business gave Richard the opportunity to move to Hawkes Bay and pursue his lifelong passion for wine. He graduated from EIT Hawkes Bay in 2013 with a Diploma in Grapegrowing and Winemaking. 
    Thirsty for more education in wine quality assessment he completed the WSET Level 3 Certificate course and then, in 2015, the Advanced Wine Assessment Course at the AWRI in Adelaide.
    Since 2013 Richard has been working on a part-time casual basis in the cellar at Te Mata Estate Winery. When he’s not there, he’s either pottering in his own small block of Chenin Blanc vines, or playing drums in his band.
  • Lucas Percy - Hawke's Bay

    Associate Judge - Hawke's Bay
    I'm Lucas, a 21-year-old in my fourth year of my double bachelor of Viticulture and winemaking. I was first introduced to the wine industry when I was at Primary school as my mother worked in vineyards in the Wairarapa. I first worked for Gladstone Vineyard picking when I was 6, I have since worked for Craggy Range’s Te Muna vineyard and in the Craggy Range Hawke's Bay winery, I am currently working at Clearview Winery doing cellar door on weekends and vineyard during the week. My favourite wines are Cabernets and Chardonnay. I’m a keen surfer and Kayaker I also love anything to do with motorsport and the outdoors. 


Awards and Results

2016 Results

Trophies will be awarded to the Champion Wine in each class, selected from the gold medals in that class. A Merit Award will be given in any class that has no gold medals.

Major Awards

  • Doug Wisor Memorial Trophy

    Doug Wisor was a brilliant young American born winemaker at Craggy Range, who passed away in 2004 following a freak and tragic kite surfing accident.

    Doug started with Craggy Range in the middle of 2000, fresh from a vintage at Dry River and a startling career as a young man in California alongside Ted Lemon, his great mentor. He came to Craggy Range to make great Pinot Noir and he brought with him an in depth knowledge of oenology and practical winemaking. 

    Doug also shared with Steve Smith a great love of the wines of France, single vineyard expression in wine, natural where possible, and wine where texture is the most important element.

    During his time with Craggy Range Doug made some of the greatest wines this country has seen. He single-handedly created a Syrah style that has made the world notice something spectacular happening in the vineyards of New Zealand that no one had ever considered.

    He was also a great young man, personable and caring about his colleagues, staff and friends.

    Past Winners
    • 2004  Trinity Hill – Homage Syrah 2002
    • 2005  Sacred Hill – Thief Syrah 2004
    • 2006  Trinity Hill – Homage Syrah 2004
    • 2007  Vidal Wines – Reserve Syrah 2006
    • 2008  Villa Maria – Selection Syrah 2006
    • 2009  Balthazar – Syrah Gimblett Rd 2007
    • 2010  Church Road Winery – Syrah 2009
    • 2011  Alpha Domus – Barnstormer Syrah 2010
    • 2012  Esk Valley Estate – Reserve  Syrah 2010
    • 2013  Vidal – Gimblett Gravels HB Syrah 2010
    • 2014  Pernod Ricard - Couper's Shed Syrah 2013
    • 2015 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawke's Bay Syrah 2013
    • 2016 - Pernod Ricard, Boundary Vineyards Farm Lane Hawke's Bay Syrah 2015


2015 Results 
2014  Results    
2013  Results    
2012  Results
2011  Results
2010  Results
2009  Results
2008  Results
2007  Results
2006  Results
2005  Results
2004  Results
2003  Results
2002  Results
2001 Results


Welcome to the 2017 Hawke's Bay Cellar Door of the Year

Whilst continuing to recognise service and excellence at your Cellar Door, the 2017 Hawke’s Bay Cellar Door of the Year Award will reflect the overall performance of the Winery rather than an individual.

Entries open 1 July 2017
Click here to download the entry criteria and application form. 

Sponsored by Jenny Nilsson House of Travel 

  • Competition Detail

    Judging Criteria
    1. Mystery Shopper
      Initial evaluation will remain by Mystery Shopper visit assessing your total Cellar Door experience comprising service, information, merchandise and developing customer loyalty.
      The programme of visits will take place throughout September. The specific timing and number of Mystery Shopper visits will not be disclosed. It is a condition of entry that your Cellar Door is open to the general public during the month of September.

    2. Cellar Door Challenge
      The six top rated wineries from the Mystery Shopper visits will participate in the Cellar Door Challenge in front of a public audience at The Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market, on Sunday 8 October 2017.   The inclusion of the Cellar Door Challenge serves to bring a greater public awareness of the award and will also provide valuable brand exposure for the finalists. Once the finalists are known, there will be an opportunity for the finalists to promote their participation in the event through their own databases, as well as through media coverage of the event.

      Finalists will be required to undertake three challenges:
      Challenge 1 – Blind Faith – contestants taste blind six wines and have to identify as many of the wines as possible.
      Challenge 2 – 20 Questions - contestants required to answer quick fire questions relating to Hawke’s Bay, Wine and Tourism.
      Challenge 3 – Outdoor Cellar Door– finalists required to set up and run, for a specified time period, their own ‘mini cellar door’, offering a wine tasting experience (no sales) to the public.
    Points will be awarded for challenges 1 and 2, with a public vote determining the outcome of challenge 3. Combined with the Mystery Shopper ratings, the top three wineries will be determined and announced at the end of the Challenges.
    The winning Winery will receive the accolade of the Hawke’s Bay Cellar Door of the Year 2016, and a mixed case of award winning wines from the 2016 Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards. 

    The winner will be announced at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards Gala Dinner being held in Waikoko Gardens, Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay.
  • Past Winners

    2016 Black Barn Vineyards
    2015 Sileni Estates
    2014 Junction Wines
    2013 Sileni Estates
    2012 Sileni Estates
    2011 Church Road Winery
    2010 Sileni Estates
    2009 Salvare Estates
    2008 CJ Pask Winery
    2007 Askerne Winery, Gideon Lizra
    2006 Craggy Range Winery, Brandan Nash
    2005 Kim Crawford Wines, Christine Harris
    2004 Esk Valley Winery, Sue Cranswick
    2003 Brookfields Vineyards, John Thirkell
    2002 Clearview Winery, Geoff Wilson


The 2017 Awards night will be held in a spectacular silk lined marquee in the beautiful and historic Waikoko Gardens on the 17th October 2017.
The highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the trophy winners, as selected by our International and National Judges.  
A four course meal prepared by four of Hawke's Bays leading chefs:

Tickets available by contacting Hillary 06 8783123 ext 705, 027 2588784 or 2017 Judged and Awarded wines will be served throughout the evening.



More than just sponsors, these companies have chosen to support the Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards because they believe they have a role to play in its continued success.  Take time to explore what our sponsors have to offer.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact us.



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cabernet sauvignon
red blends
merlot dominant
pinot noir
pinot gris
other premium red
varietals and blends
sauvignon blanc & or
premium white
sweet wine
Hawkes Bay
Provenance Class
export wine
champion commercial
white wine
champion commercial
red wine


judging facility
glass supplier
cellar door

hire equipment
Water - Judging /
Awards Dinner 


Contact Details


Hawke’s Bay A&P Society
Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds
Kenilworth Road
06 878 3123

Max Morton 

Tim Creagh
Eastern Institute of Technology 

Nick Sage 

Warren Gibson (Trinity Hill Winery) 

Nick Sage, EIT Wine School
Gavin Yortt, Squawking Magpie Wines
Rod Easthope, Easthope Wines

key contacts

Event Manager
Hillary Riches   
06 878 3123              

General Manager 
Brent Linn   
06 878 3123                   

Awards Dinner Event Manager
Bridget Hyslop  
06 874 2834              


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key dates

Entries Open
1 July 2017

Awards Dinner
17 October 2017