Greg Rowdon

Matua and Church Road Winery have recently scored top awards.

The former won the trophy for New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London. Matua entered 12 wines and received 12 medals; one Gold Outstanding for the 2013 Matua Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, five Silver Outstanding medals, four silvers and a bronze.

“More than ever New Zealand is producing wines that stand up on the global stage and to be acknowledged as the IWSC New Zealand Producer of the Year is testament not only to the quality of Matua wines, but also the breadth of our portfolio and the consistently high standards we are achieving,” said Greg Rowdon, Matua chief winemaker.

Meanwhile, Australian magazine Winestate has named Church Road Winery’s winemaker Chris Scott as New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2016 for the second time in four years. “This award is very much a reflection of our collective skills, passion, knowledge and experience, and I very happily accept this on behalf of them all,” Scott said.