Small in Size, massive in impact. Alongside Australia & South Africa, New Zealand is a founding member of the Six Nations – known back in 2003 as the Tri-Nations Wine Challenge. New Zealand is a regular winner of Nation of Show at the Six Nations Wine Challenge, and often carries away a significant medal haul – thanks to the cool climate wizardry and attention to excellence of the kiwi winemakers. Sparkling wines, Aromatics, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Blends – there is a level of consistency that New Zealand Wines show. A truly world class wine producing nation.

Bob Campbell MW – New Zealand

One of New Zealand’s most experienced wine critics, judge and educator. He is wine editor of Taste magazine and the Air NZ In-flight magazine Kia Ora as well as being New Zealand editor for Gourmet Traveller Wine.  Bob has contributed to wine publications in seven countries. Over 22,000 people have attended his wine certificate courses in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Europe. He has been a senior judge in wine competitions in twelve countries and judge for the Six Nations Wine Challenge since its inception in 2003.


Wine Regions




Million Bottles

“For anybody who has visited New Zealand, you will understand what I mean when I say that the colours there seem brighter, the personalities bigger and the energy for life so great. I finally understood this “dialled up” expression I perceived in their wines was merely a translation of life in this truly beautiful place.”

Julie Dupouy, Wine Writer,, March 2017

Wine Regions:  15

Vineyards:  500

Hectares:  37129

Bottles:  TBC

Planted Varietals:  Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Montepulciano and Sangiovese

Climate:   Maritime climate, meaning that the sea moderates the weather producing cooler summers and milder winters

Winning Wines from New Zealand

Below are a selection of winning wines from the Six Nations Wine Challenge since their inclusion.

Top 100 Selected Wine Participants – 2017

The Competing Six Nations

Learn more about each of the competing nations wine regions and history.


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