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Wine Enthusiast magazine has named Kim Crawford winery ‘New World Winery of the Year’ in their annual Wine Star Awards, which honour outstanding achievements in the international wine and beverage industry. 

“I’m so proud that we’ve brought this one home for New Zealand wine against the new world competition,” said Kim Crawford Winemaker Anthony Walkenhorst. 
“My team and I work hard to make wines that people love to drink and we’re really pleased to get a pat on the back for it from our peers and industry leaders.” 
In the US, New Zealand’s largest wine export market, Kim Crawford is now New Zealand’s most purchased wine brand, and produces the #1 selling Sauvignon Blanc (Source: IRI Total U.S. Multi Outlet). 
“The key to Kim Crawford’s success has been its consistency,” says Managing Editor of Wine Enthusiast, Joe Czerwinski. “From its beginnings, the emphasis has been on fruit-forward, crowd-pleasing wines that consistently impress. For that accessible quality matched with a rapid rise in demand, Wine Enthusiast is proud to recognize Kim Crawford as its 2016 New World Winery of the Year.”
Kim Crawford’s New World Winery of the Year award will be featured in Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Wine Star Award issue coming out on December 31, and award winners will be honoured at the annual Wine Enthusiast black-tie Wine Star Awards ceremony in Miami on January 30, 2017.
“This prestigious award is testament to our incredibly loyal consumers and our commitment to consistently produce top-quality, distinctive wines,” said Simon Towns, Managing Director of Constellation Brands NZ (Kim Crawford’s parent company). 
“The Kim Crawford team put in 100% from the vineyard to the glass, and I’m really pleased that they have been recognised for their dedication. We have strong partnerships with our growers and they can also be very proud of this award, we can’t do it without them.”

Photo: Winemaker Anthony Walkenhorst (pumping fist) with the Kim Crawford team.


Glenn Baker

Glenn is a professional writer/editor with 50-plus years’ experience across radio, television and magazine publishing.


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