Excellence and Integrity in New Zealand Wine Writing

Join the WWNZ

Wine Writers of New Zealand is open to authors, broadcasters, journalists, and lecturers professionally engaged in communicating about wine in the country. Those fulfilling one or more of the criteria below are welcomed to apply for membership of the organisation:

  • Regular publication in a newspaper or periodical of wine-related opinion or commentary (minimum: bi-monthly).
  • Regular TV appearances or regular broadcasts on radio giving wine-related opinion or commentary (minimum: bi-monthly).
  • Maintain or contribute a dedicated wine criticism/commentary to a website that in the opinion of WWNZ’s Committee, is recognised as being a source of sound, accurate and well-regarded information and opinion (minimum: monthly contributions).
  • Author of a published book on wine.
  • Publisher or editor of any wine publication(s) that in the opinion of WWNZ’s Committee, is recognised as being a source of sound, accurate and well-regarded information and opinion (minimum: monthly contributions).

To apply to join WWNZ, please contact the Secretary for an application form. You are required to supply a detailed summary of all work carried out over the past 12 months. Be aware that we review members’ work on an annual basis and, in accordance with Membership Rule 5, “Membership of WWNZ shall cease if the criteria that was met as the basis of membership is not maintained for a period of 12 months.” You are also required to submit a selection of published work, or other appropriate supporting documentation.

Applicants must have a Mover and a Seconder (both of whom should be current members of WWNZ). Endorsement by the Mover and Seconder may be sent by email, fax or post.

Once you have returned the application forms and have supplied the appropriate supporting documentation, your application will be put before the WWNZ Committee at the earliest opportunity. The committee meets on a quarterly basis, though in certain circumstances applications may be ‘fast-tracked’ in order to avoid unnecessary delays.

If your application is successful, the annual membership fee (2012/2013) is $75 per annum; payable upon membership acceptance and thereafter upon invoice annually as applicable. This gives you access to a number of benefits including preferential rates to WWNZ-hosted tastings, lectures and social events and access to the web forum. In time, we hope to also be able to offer other special wine-related benefits.

Successful applicants agree to abide by the Rules of Membership.

Rules of Membership

  1. Members recognise the importance of maintaining and enhancing the reputation of wine writing and the WWNZ. Accordingly members agree to write and act with integrity and with a high standard of conduct and agree to abstain from behaviour and writing which reflects poorly upon themselves, wine writing and WWNZ.
  2. Members shall endeavour at all times to maintain independence and integrity and to avoid conflicts of interest. However, in the event of minor conflicts, these must be fully and transparently disclosed to all interested parties.
  3. Direct payment by a producer for wine reviews presents an unacceptable conflict of interest and impairs the integrity of a wine writer’s critical independence.
  4. Members are required to maintain the good name of wine writing and the WWNZ and refrain from any public statements regarding the organisation and/or its members that may bring one and/or the other into disrepute.
  5. Membership of WWNZ shall cease if the criteria that was met as the basis of membership is not maintained for a period of 12 months.
  6. Any contravention of the rules may subject a member to investigation and disciplinary action by Committee. Actions may include verbal and/or written formal warnings and for serious or repeated offences, expulsion from membership.
  7. The WWNZ Committee shall comprise of 5/6 members who shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. Members agree to abide by the decisions of the Committee.