A Martinborough pinot noir has taken the highest prize at the Air New Zealand wine awards - the first time in 20 years a wine from the region has taken top honours.
The champion wine of show trophy was awarded to The Julicher Pinot Noir 2008.
A Central Otago riesling - Olssens Annieburn Riesling 2009 - was named top sustainable wine.
The awards were presented in Christchurch on Saturday night and attracted 1655 entries.
Thirty-eight elite gold medals were handed out - the most ever awarded in the competition's history.