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Reserve Champion of the Show and multiple trophies for Villa Maria at Air NZ Wine Awards

Reserve Champion of the Show and multiple trophies for Villa Maria at Air NZ Wine Awards

Further reinforcing their 33 year record for being New Zealand's most awarded winery, Villa Maria has won four trophies at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013, adding to the collection of 12 gold medals already announced.

The trophy winning wines, all from Hawkes Bay were:

  • Reserve Champion Wine of the Show - Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012
  • Champion Chardonnay Trophy - Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012
  • Champion Exhibition White or Sparkling Wine Trophy - Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2012
  • Champion Merlot / Cabernet Blends Trophy - Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010
The results reinforce the family owned winery's stellar reputation for consistently developing award winning wines. The trophy for the Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot was a particularly outstanding achievement, with this wine already having three Champion Trophies, four gold medals and five, 5-star ratings to its name.

Villa Maria's Senior Winemaker Nick Picone commented on the night: "It's hard to recall a year when Villa Maria's Chardonnays and Bordeaux blends haven't featured in the top billing at our nation's wine awards. We have some of the best sites in the Hawkes Bay and a team that excel in making the most of it," he said.

The 12 gold medals include several wines from both Marlborough and Hawkes Bay in several of the varietal categories:

  • Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Dry Riesling 2013
  • Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Dry Riesling 2010
  • Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012
  • Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2012
  • Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2011
  • Villa Maria Single Vineyard Omahu Gravels Viognier 2010
  • Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Noble Semillon Botrytis Selection 2011
  • Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Noir 2012
  • Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
  • Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010
  • Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot 2010
  • Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Malbec 2009
To top the evening off for Villa Maria, Sir George Fistonich received praise for his services to the wine industry and was inducted to the New Zealand Winegrowers Hall of Fellows.

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