Welcome to the 2020 Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards


The Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards now in their 20th 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

Entry Form - Rules and Regulations
Entries can be submitted by; 

 1.   Enter online via -

2. Scanned and emailed to

Invoices will be emailed for payment prior to Judging.  

Entry Fee: $65.00 + GST per wine entry.  Student Entry Fee: Nil

Entries Open 3rd August 2020

ENTRIES OPEN:  3rd August 2020
ENTRIES CLOSE: 4th September 2020 - No late entries, Electronic entries will be accepted at Wine Show

LABELS SENT TO ENTRANTS BY:  Posted week 7 to 11 September 2020
SAMPLE WINE DELIVERY REQUIRED BY: 3pm – 18 September 2020, 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: 28th and 29th September 2020, Eastern Institute of Technology School of Wine Sensory Laboratory
INDUSTRY EXHIBITOR TASTING: 30th Seoptember 2020 – 3.00pm Eastern Institute of Technology
AWARDS DINNER: 15 October 2020 - Exhibition Hall, Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay


Competition Information and the 2020 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: - Ant Mackenzie

Ant Mackenzie has worked in the New Zealand wine industry for over 25 years.  Beginning his career in Hawke’s Bay with vintages at Vidal and Esk Valley followed by overseas experience in Australia, USA and Spain.  Ant has been back working in Hawke’s Bay for ten years in various roles.

Currently Ant is working for Hãhã Wine Company as Chief Winemaker whilst continuing to develop his own wine brands under the Ant Mackenzie Wines banner. Ant has held various positions in the wine industry including stints as a winemaker,  general manager, wine consultant and wine science lecturer at Eastern Institute of Technology. He enjoys keeping a finger on the pulse of New Zealand’s wine industry through awards judging, taking part in the New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards, The Royal Easter Show Wine Awards and many others over the years including the past 10  editions of the HB A&P Wine Awards.

When it comes to a particular wine or style Ant enjoys drinking, in his words ‘I cannot go past the aromatic wine styles Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.  With their lifted aromas and amazing palate textures there is always something in these wines to excite the senses.  I’ve been lucky enough to work for wineries that have specialised in these styles; Framingham, Spy Valley and Dry River aromatic wines are amongst New Zealand’s best’.  

2020 Senior Judges

Lauren Swift

Lauren Swift has been immersed in the NZ wine industry for a large part of her life. Growing up in the Awatere Valley in Marlborough on an apple orchard – turned vineyard. This gave her the taste of vineyard work from 13. Very holidays were spent working in the vines to earn money. After travelling Europe at 18 Lauren arrived back to Marlborough with no real direction she was wanting to do. She started working for French owned and operated Clos Henri in Marlborough, in the vineyard and winery during vintage. She quickly realised how loved it! And knew to get anywhere she needed to study. This prompted her to move to Hawkes Bay 2009 to study wine science at EIT.

While studying Lauren tried to have her hand in many aspects of the industry, working at a wine brokerage as well as a local cellar door. When she graduated EIT, end of 2012 she started to work for the summer at Ash Ridge Winery. At that stage there was no winery and produced a tiny amount of wine. 8 years on she is still there, growing with the brand year on year, working in every part of the business. During this 8 years Lauren has worked in Sonoma, California in 2013 and Cote Rotie, France 2015 for harvest experiences. Also in 2015 Lauren won New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year. 2018 Lauren also launched her own brand “Swift” making Chardonnay and Syrah only. Lauren has been judging at multiple NZ wine shows since 2016, and loves it. It means she is kept up to date on trends and styles and great seeing others in the industry.

Matt Kirby   

I’m an Australian that moved across the ditch in 2015 with my  young family to take up the winemaking role at Clearview Estate in Hawke’s Bay. The lure of Hawke’s Bay with its abundant sunshine, good surf and friendly people was too good to pass up. The wines of Hawkes Bay are world class and the unique patch of dirt that Clearview Estate is situated on has been a pleasure to make wine from.

Before embarking on a career in wine I originally studied marine biology, and I am also a qualified Chef. Once I decided to pursue my love of wine, I studied at Latrobe in Melbourne and had a little vineyard in the Yarra Valley producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

I have worked in many countries during my winemaking career, including Australia, China, France (Burgundy), Austria, the United States and now here in New Zealand. I have developed a real passion for the wines of the world, and have judging experience at The Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Clare Valley, and Royal Adelaide shows, as well as the Air New Zealand wine awards NZ WOTY Easter Show and NZIWS.

Nick Picone     


Nick is Villa Maria's Group Chief Winemaker and has been in and around the Villa Maria Group for more than twenty years. While he continues to directly oversee Villa Maria’s North Island winemaking, he also works closely across the Villa Maria Family’s portfolio of Wines.

Beginning as a teenager at Esk Valley Estate, Nick’s natural ability and passion for winemaking were quickly recognised. Since then Nick has made wine from the majority of New Zealand’s key winegrowing regions and has completed several harvests abroad in Italy and the United States.

Career highlights for Nick include being made the NZ recipient of the Yalumba Len Evans tutorial scholarship in 2004 which helped initiate his presence in wine judging, which he has now been involved in for the last 15 years. Nick has had the honour of been named winner of NZ ‘Winemaker of the Year/Show’ on nine occasions over the last nine years including being named The Wine Society Australasian Young Winemaker of the Year in 2012. He was the first New Zealander to receive this prestigious accolade.

He is based in his home province of Hawkes Bay with his fiancée Mandy and three children Gemma, Hayden and Millie.

James Hillard     

James started working vintages back in 2000 in NSW Australia. He first joined Indevin in 2012 as a client winemaker in Indevin’s Gisborne winery before moving a little south to be the Production Winemaker at the Hawke’s Bay winery.

James has judged at several international and local wine shows. James holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science), Winemaking from Charles Sturt University in Australia.

Sophie Harris   

Growing up in Hawke’s Bay, Sophie was introduced to the wine industry at an early age by her Mother. After finishing high school Sophie worked vintages in Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay before starting at EIT in 2009. Completing her Bachelor of Wine Science in 2012, she then spent the next three years travelling and working around NZ, Australia, North America, South Africa, and Italy. Sophie started working with Rod McDonald as the Assistant Winemaker at the end of 2015 and in 2017 she moved into the role of Winemaker for Te Awanga Estate. She has had associate judge positions at the New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards and The Royal Easter Show and is currently on the Hawke’s Bay committee for Women in Wine.
Barry Riwai

Barry Riwai is winemaker at Alpha Domus in Bridge Pa, Hastings and has worked in Hawke's Bay for over 20 years. Originally from Hamilton, Barry moved to HB to study Wine Science at EIT and has been captivated by the many styles of wine grown in the region. He also has extensive experience overseas having made wine in the Rhone, Loire and Bordeaux regions working for both large and boutique producers. Barry has judged at New Zealand and Australian wine shows for many years.

Barry shares his affinity for wine with his wife who is also a winemaker, they live in Napier with their three young children.

Associate Judges

Liam Julian     

Liam completed a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Pharmacology at the University of Otago. After graduation, he set off in search of warmer climates and housing with insulation and wound up on Waiheke Island, where he undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Wine Science through Auckland University.

Since then, he has worked harvests in his home region of Nelson, Sonoma and Hawke’s Bay. He has been working in the cellar at Villa Maria on the Gravels for almost two years and has become a core member of the team. During harvest 2020, Liam led the Red Team and oversaw the daily cap management programme, sampling and additions. His most proud achievement at Villa to date, is being crowned the “Ultimate Coffee Champion” in a very hotly contested team competition!

Judging at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Wine Awards will be Liam’s second judging experience and he is honoured to be included. He is excited to learn as much as he can and further develop his palate as he works towards his goal of becoming a winemaker.

Kate Franklin   


Kate grew up on a sheep and beef farm in southern Hawkes Bay, this set her up with practical skills and a drive to get stuck in and get her hands dirty.

Upon finishing school she went to Lincoln University to gain a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology, then set out to learn every facet of the winery; managing the laboratory before doing a winery business internship and also a couple of vintages overseas.

Since returning home, she realized her passion was in winemaking and after a few years Kate has worked her way to Winemaker at Sacred Hill in Hawkes Bay.

In 2019 Kate was the North Island Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker of the year and runner up national winner.

Dominic Smith    

With a background in the Auckland hospitality scene, my dream since then was the wine industry. Through adversity an opportunity arose to relocate with my partner and 2 young daughters to embark on a new life in Hawkes Bays wine Industry.

While Working Full time at Sacred Hill winery where I am still currently the Cellar Supervisor, an opportunity to purchase a small 4.2 ha Gimblett Gravels block with home allowed us to start our family Owned and run wine business Element. We produce very small volumes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Viognier, selling the majority of our Syrah fruit to Blank Canvas in Marlborough.

With my Diploma Studies coming to an end at EIT and holding qualifications at L3 in WSET, I decided in 2019 to start pursing judging in order to challenge my palate and evolve my career within the Wine industry. I have been associate judge for WineNZ magazine and Hawkes Bay A&P Wine Awards 2019.

Ben Fulton    

Born in Hawkes Bay, I first started studying at EIT in 2014 completing the Certificate in Grape growing and Winemaking that year. I have been working with Villa Maria working in the vineyard and the Cellar Door of their Hawkes Bay brands since 2015 and have been working intermittently with other companies such as Constellation Brands NZ Ltd and Craggy range. I love the diversity that exists in Hawkes Bay . I am currently studying the Bachelor in Viticulture and Enology, set to finish this year. I am still to choose between winemaking or viticulture as a career path as I enjoy both sides equally. This is my first experience judging wines in a professional setting and am looking forward to it.



Awards and Results

2020 Trophy Results

2020 Medal Results in Judging Order

Major Awards

  • Champion Wine of the Show
  • Hawke's Bay A&P Society Champion Wine of Provenance 
  • NZ Frost Fans Best Export Wine of the Show
  • Vintech Pacific  - Champion Commercial White Wine or Rosé
  • New World – Champion Commercial Red Wine
  • Jenny Nilsson House of Travel - HB Cellar Door of the Year
  • EIT - Best Student Wine 
  • Hawke’s Bay A&P Society - Young Vintners Scholarship

    Category AWARDS
  • No9 - Champion Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Sauvignon Predominant Blends
  • Bay Mazda Hawke's Bay - Champion Merlot and Merlot Predominant Blends
  • Fluidex Transport Ltd - Champion Syrah
  • Moore Stephens Markhams - Champion Pinot Noir
  • Great Things Grow Here - Champion Other Premium Red Varietals and Blends
  • ATI Engineering Ltd - Champion Chardonnay
  • Hawke's Bay Wine Company - Champion Sauvignon Blanc and / or Semillon
  • Somerset Smith Partners - Champion Pinot Gris
  • Kauri NZ Ltd - Champion Premium White Varietals
  • Hurford Parker Insurance Brokers ltd - Champion Sweet Wines
  • Outstanding Wine of Provenance Class
  • Connec+ - Champion Rose
  • Wineworks - Champion Sparkling Wine
  • 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.


2020  Results
2019  Results

2018 Results 
2017 Results 
2016 Results
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 2019 Hawke's Bay Cellar Door of the Year

2018 Winners - Trinity Hill
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.

Sponsored by 

Past Winners
• 2002 - Geoff Wilson - Clearview Estate
• 2003 - John Thirkell - Brookfields Vineyards
• 2004 - Sue Cranswick - Esk Valley Estate
• 2005 - Christine Harris - Kim Crawford Wines
• 2006 - Brandon Nash - Craggy Range Winery
• 2007 - Gideon Lizra - Askerne Estate Winery
• 2008 - CJ Pask Winery
• 2009 - Salvare Estate
• 2010 - Sileni Estates
• 2011 - Church Road Winery
• 2012 - Sileni Estates
• 2013 - Sileni Estates
• 2014 - Junction Wines
• 2015 - Sileni Estates
• 2016 - Black Barn Vineyards
• 2017 - Church Road Winery



AWARDS DINNER - Tickets on sale now!
The 2020 Awards night will be held in the Exhibition Hall at the Hawkes Bay Showgrounds on the 15th October 2020.

Join us along with our MC Luke Bird for a night of laughs, celebrations and of course incredible wines.
The highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the trophy winners, as selected by our National Judges.  
A three course meal prepared with Hawke's Bay produce and the opportunity to try all of the award winning wines is what sets this event apart from the rest.


Tickets available by contacting Isabelle 027 421 0276 or



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.



pinot noir
pinot gris
other premium red
varietals and blends
sauvignon blanc
AND/or semillon
premium white
WineWorks’ New Zealand wide network provides bottling and warehousing solutions to a large number of New Zealand wineries to enable them to focus their expertise on making and marketing great New Zealand wine to the world. As New Zealand's leading contract bottler, we aim to be "Trusted to Bottle New Zealand for the World". Our sponsorship of this trophy reflects our commitment to sparkling wine production and the exciting growth prospects that this sector continues to deliver.​
sweet wine
Hawkes Bay
Provenance Class
export wine
New Zealand Frost Fans has been providing innovative frost protection solutions to growers around the world, with its range of FrostBoss™ fans. From its base in Hastings, New Zealand the business specialises in frost fan design and manufacture, as well as the subsequent field placements, installation and servicing. 
champion commercial
white wine
champion commercial
red wine


judging facility
glass supplier
cellar door

hire equipment


Contact Details


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

Max Morton 

Tim Creagh assisted by Nick Sage
Eastern Institute of Technology 

Rod Easthope (Easthope Family Winegrowers) 

Warren Gibson, Trinity Hill

Ant McKenzie, Ant McKenzie Wines

key contacts

Event Manager, Isabelle Crawshaw

021 181 8686 /

A&P Society General Manager, Sally Jackson

027 470 4624 / 06 878 3123              



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