The New Zealand Wine Company

Gold Medal Win for Grove Mill Wine at the UK International Wine Challenge

In results released this week for the UK based International Wine Challenge Grove Mill wines have won both gold and silver medals. The Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc 2005 won a gold medal, one of only 14 New Zealand wines to do so. The Grove Mill Riesling 2004 won a silver medal and the Grove Mill Pinot Noir 2004 achieved a seal of approval. A further wine from The New Zealand Wine Company, Sanctuary Sauvignon Blanc 2005 which is exclusively distributed in the UK through Sainsbury’s, won a bronze medal.

“To achieve these results in such a prestigious international competition was particularly pleasing”’ said The New Zealand Wine Company Chief Executive Rob White, “especially as the UK represents one of our most important export markets”. These results will give a further boost to the international recognition of the Grove Mill brand which already has a long history of success. “The Grove Mill brand has achieved significant UK sales and distribution growth in the last two years since Paragon Vintners took over UK representation and this result will provide further impetus for the brand” said White.

The International Wine Challenge is one of the major UK based wine competitions. With an average of over 9000 wines entered, it is the biggest blind tasting in the world.

Over 1500 wines are assessed by the judges each day and wines must get over 84 points to reach the final round and be assessed for a medal.

To assess that many wines the judging team alone consists of 465 judges with at least 42 Masters of Wine involved on the judging panels.

For further information please contact;

Rob White

Chief Executive Officer

The New Zealand Wine Company Limited

Waihopai Valley Rd



03 5728200