Viva’s New Zealand Wine Awards 2023

Pop the cork on some of NZ’s best wines. Photo / Babiche Martens
Pop the cork on some of NZ’s best wines. Photo / Babiche Martens

It’s time to celebrate the creativity, self-expression and joy that underpins everything we do at Viva with the stories that you read the most and spent the greatest time with in 2023. The following article, which originally ran in August, was one of them.

Viva’s wine editor Dr Jo Burzynska selects New Zealand’s 50 most thrilling wineries for 2023, and 50 top wines to try from each.

New Zealand’s wine scene has never been more exciting, and with this in mind, the time felt right to celebrate our hard-working industry with Viva’s inaugural wine awards. For the awards, wine

Jo tastes wine all year round and visits many wineries, but the lead-up to selecting the final wineries was particularly frenetic. “Reviewing past notes, tasting the latest releases from the shortlisted wineries and staying abreast with their ongoing developments is key.

“New Zealand’s wineries are making more exciting wines than ever before, so the standard of what I’m tasting is generally high. But this was the toughest thing about the awards, making the final selection.”

Read on for her top 50 wineries, and enjoy.

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