21 Sep 2009

Small winery scoops top award

6:06 am on 21 September 2009

A small family owned winery near Henderson has scooped the top award at the New Zealand international wine competition.

The competition, which pits wines from all over the world against each other, is the largest in New Zealand.

Convener Kingsley Wood says a 2007 Barrique Fermented Chardonnay from Westbrook Wines was judged champion wine of the show.

It also took awards for champion commercial white wine and champion chardonnay.

Mr Wood says the wine was made from a blend of grapes from the family's Waimauku vineyard and from Marlborough. He describes winning three awards as a stunning achievement.