Villa Maria has achieved unprecedented success at the New Zealand International Wine Show – receiving 20 gold medals. The medal haul spans a large range of wine varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Arneis, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Malbec, Bordeaux blend, and a dessert wine.
Villa Maria Founder and CEO Sir George Fistonich said a result like this, for a single wine company is unheard of. “To be awarded 20 gold medals is testament to the quality and consistency we achieve relentlessly. Our winemaking teams meticulously focus on quality in all areas and these results reinforce our unique ability to deliver exceptional wines across multiple price points, varieties and regions,” he said.
The New Zealand International Wine show is the country’s largest wine show, with over 2050 wines entered, from countries including Australia, Argentina, Chile, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, USA, Taiwan and Israel. The world renowned show organised by Kingsley Wood of First Glass Wines of Auckland, has a judging panel of experts which includes leading winemakers, several Masters of Wine and many key industry personnel overseen by Chief Judge Bob Campbell, MW.
Trophy announcements will be made at the awards dinner on Saturday 1 October 2016.
Villa Maria’s Gold medal results:
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Arneis 2015
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Organic Sauvignon 2016
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Gewurztraminer 2016
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2015
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Chardonnay 2015
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2014
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2015
Villa Maria Reserve Gisborne Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2015
Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2015
Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2015
Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Syrah 2014
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah 2014
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Malbec 2013
Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Merlot 2015
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Organic Merlot 2013
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection 2015