In May 2019, the industry bodies Distilled Spirits Aotearoa and Spirits New Zealand jointly host the New Zealand Spirits Awards each year.
The New Zealand Spirits Awards are a celebration of New Zealand and internationally available spirits.
The aim of the Awards is to acknowledge and reward the very best of spirits available in New Zealand and through this promote the brands and categories to consumers and trade. The Awards will judge the very best in local and internationally available spirits within seven categories.
Entries open at the beginning of February each year, with judging at the end of March, and the grand gala event for trophy winners in May. Entries must be a commercially available product, on the market in New Zealand.
Members of Distilled Spirits Aotearoa receive significant discounts on their entry fees.