Monowai Estate receives high acclaim at New York International Wine Competition

Jun 24, 2016

Monowai Estate is thrilled to be named ‘Hawke’s Bay Winery of the Year’ and have received a gold and two bronze awards at the New York International Wine Competition 2016. The gold was awarded for the Sauvignon Blanc 2015, and the Bronzes for the Pinot Gris 2015 and Pinot Noir 2014.  

Emma Lowe, Monowai Estate owner and wine maker says, “We’re really delighted with the results. We haven't entered Pinot Gris and Sauv Blanc in any other shows but we had our fingers crossed! The Pinot Noir picked up a Bronze at the International Wine Challenge in London so we hoped it may do well, but different markets, different palates, it’s always hard to tell.”

This is an awards competition with a difference. Held in the heart of New York City across the road from the Rockerfeller Centre, it is marketed as the only trade only awards with a blind judging panel. With only approximately 20 percent of the wines receiving awards, it’s known for its high standards.

The wines are also categorized slightly differently than standard awards that put the same varieties in with one another without considering their price point. These awards look at price points within the varieties, which is more consistent with consumer buying patterns.

Monowai Estate has recently picked up a New York agent and these accolades will provide a great start for the agent to push their wine into the city.

Held right across from the Rockerfeller Centre in the heart of NYC, the blind judges include people in the trade, such as the retail store buyer, sommelier, restaurant beverage director, hotelier, distributor and importers, all of who buy wine for a living. This aspect is another solid ‘in’ for those wines that are recognised at the event.

Emma says, “New York is right up there as a food and travel destination. So to have our wine in front of multiple high-powered buyers in one of the biggest markets in the world is a significant opportunity for us as a boutique Hawke’s Bay winery.”

Emma Lowe and her Chilean husband, Marcelo Nuñez run the vineyard and winery together. The higher altitude and free draining river soil of Monowai Estate in Crownthorpe produces perfect conditions for the aromatics. They grow Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir.  

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