New Zealand wines have won the most awards at the 2009 Tri Nations wine challenge in Sydney against Australia and South Africa.
New Zealand vineyards won eight trophies, 11 double gold medals and 10 gold medals. New Zealand was named top country overall.
Previously Australia dominated the competition throughout its seven-year history.
Judge Bob Campbell says the quality of New Zealand wines entered this year demonstrates the ongoing evolution of wine quality in New Zealand.
He says the results reflect the continuing strength of New Zealand sauvignon blanc in spite of a challenging 2008 vintage, and the quality of our pinot noir, syrah and merlot.
Wines entered in the Tri Nations wine challenge were picked by a selector from each country as one of their top wines for each class.