Welcome to the 2016 Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards

Full List of 2015 Results 
The Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards now in their 16th 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

DOWNLOAD Entry Form AND Rules & Regulations

1st July 2016
ENTRIES CLOSE: 9 September 2016 - No late entries, Electronic entries will be accepted at Wine Show
LABELS SENT TO ENTRANTS BY:  Posted week 12 to 16 September 2016
SAMPLE WINE DELIVERY REQUIRED BY: 3pm – 22 September 2016, 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: 26 & 27 September 2016, Eastern Institute of Technology School of Wine Sensory Laboratory
INDUSTRY EXHIBITOR TASTING: 28 September 2016 – 9.30am Eastern Institute of Technology
AWARDS DINNER: 18 October 2016 - 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.

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!.

2016 Judges and associate judges


Awards and 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 - 


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 2016 Hawke's Bay Cellar Door of the Year

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

Judging Criteria

  • 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.

  • 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 9 October 2016.   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 on Tuesday 18 October 2016 at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards Gala Dinner being held in Waikoko Gardens, Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay.

Click here to download the entry criteria and application form.

Sponsored by Jenny Nilsson House of Travel 


The 2016 Awards night will be held in a spectacular silk lined marquee in the beautiful and historic Waikoko Gardens on the 18th October 2016.
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 2016 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.



red blends
cabernet sauvignon
red blends
merlot dominant
pinot noir
pinot gris
other premium red
varietals and blends
sauvignon blanc & or
premium white
sweet wine
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 2016

Awards Dinner
18 October 2016