Mudbrick Vineyard Celebrates Prestigious Win at the National Wine Awards of Aotearoa 2023

Mudbrick Vineyard on Waiheke Island, renowned for its commitment to excellence and innovation, proudly announces its monumental win at the National Wine Awards of Aotearoa. The vineyard has been awarded the prestigious Trophy for the Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends category for its flagship wine Velvet 2022, solidifying its position as a leading producer of exceptional wines in New Zealand.

The esteemed event, hosted at the Hilton, gathered prominent industry figures and wine connoisseurs from across the nation. Mudbrick Vineyard’s outstanding Velvet 2022 captivated the judges with its distinct character, complexity, and exquisite craftsmanship, earning the well-deserved recognition at this esteemed platform.

The Mudbrick Velvet 2022 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot which was had harvested, naturally fermented and aged in French oak barriques. Velvet is only made in vintages where quality is exceptional.

Expressing his elation, Mudbrick’s Winemaker, Patrick Newton, remarked, “This accolade is a testament to our team’s unwavering dedication to producing wines of exceptional quality. The 2022 Velvet we have crafted is a reflection of our commitment to precision in both the vineyard and winery, and we are thrilled to see our efforts recognised at such a prestigious event.”

Mudbrick’s Viticulturist, Nick Otto, added, “Our holistic approach to vineyard management has played a pivotal role in nurturing grapes of the highest calibre. This win serves as a testament to the meticulous care and sustainable practices we uphold throughout our vineyards, ensuring the finest quality grapes are used in the production of our award-winning wines.”

Owner Nick Jones conveyed his gratitude, stating, “We are incredibly proud of this achievement, which is a culmination of the dedication and passion exhibited by our entire team at Mudbrick. This recognition motivates us to continue pushing boundaries and striving for excellence in every bottle we produce.”

Mudbrick Vineyard continues to set new standards in winemaking, guided by a commitment to quality, sustainability, and a deep appreciation for the artistry of wine production. With this recent win,

Josh Kingston on the left, Winemaker
Patrick Newton in the middle and Viticulturist Nick Otto.

For more information on Mudbrick Vineyard and its award-winning collection, please contact Mudbrick’s General Manager Oscar Jones at

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