Don’t Know Your Gewürztraminer from Your Grape Juice?

If you love wine but you’re not so sure on all the technical terms it can be hard to choose a bottle from the masses on the shelf at the supermarket.

Fear not, the New World ‘go-to’ list for award-winning wines features the top 50 wines that are both widely available and affordable and include favourites from local winemaking hotspots like Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay.

An independent panel of judges for New World Wine Awards have worked their way through over 1,100 wine entries to reveal what to look for when choosing the perfect wine this season. It took three full days of judging to find the best wines from around New Zealand and the world.

To the delight of Kiwis everywhere, New Zealand-made wines have taken 42 of the 50 placings in the New World Wine Awards Top 50 list, including iconic New Zealand winery, Villa Maria.

The Villa Maria old winning wines include the Private Bin Gewurztraminer 2021 and Pinot Gris 2021, Cellar Selection Chardonnay 2020Reserve Albariño 2021 and Barrique Chardonnay 2019. These five wines reflect Villa Maria’s outstanding quality and are wines that are truly made for the moment and made to feel special.

Simply by heading to the New World website you can learn about each of the Top 50 wines, including those from Villa Maria.

Why not try the Private Bin East Coast Pinot Gris 2021 – Combining sunny-sweet fruits from Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay backed by vibrant South Island grapes, this is succulent and plump with ripe pear and apricot flavours with a spicy undertone, finishing rounded and supple. There’s a hint of sweetness, which makes it versatile, ideal with an antipasto platter.

Or perhaps the Reserve Hawkes Bay Albariño 2021 originating from the Galicia province in the north-east of Spain which has a fun attitude about it is more your style. It’s crisp and lively with a nicely weighted body and this impressive rendition shows white flesh peach, jasmine and citrus peel notes with a brisk, crisp mouthfeel, making it ideal with grilled fish and salt & pepper squid.

Check out these, all the Villa Maria winning wines, and the rest of the Top 50 on the New World website today.