MATUA, the creator of New Zealand’s First Sauvignon Blanc, was named the 2012 NEW ZEALAND WINE PRODUCER OF THE YEAR by the INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS COMPETITION (IWSC), based in London.


2012 is just the second time MATUA entered the IWSC competition. The IWSC is also the only international wine competition that puts all wines through chemical analysis as well as judging by a team of senior tasters. This award completes another amazing year for Matua. In total, Matua has won seven trophies, 19 Gold medals, and 108 medals in local and international wine shows.

SAM GLAETZER, DIRECTOR OF NEW ZEALAND WINE PRODUCTION AND BRANDS for TREASURY WINE ESTATES, said that the award was a monumental win for the business: “We are elated to receive global recognition by the IWSC.  It’s a true honor and testament to the whole Matua team for consistently producing wines of the highest standard and quality.”

MATUA SENIOR WINEMAKER, NIKOLAI ST GEORGE said he was speechless when he found out the news.

“Wine is my passion and my life and I’m so honored to carry on the tradition started by Bill and Ross Spence nearly 40 years ago.

“I can’t imagine doing anything else in the world other than making wine, so to be recognized globally as the best New Zealand wine producer feels like I’m in a dream.  I am so proud to lead the Matua winemaking team and celebrate this win together,” said Nikolai.

Matua is such an iconic winery in New Zealand and this award cements the strength and quality we strive for,” states KATE MCCLURE, SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER, MATUA. “We’re thrilled to share this exciting achievement with U.S. wine enthusiasts who continue to embrace Matua.”