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Winemaker's Passion for Chardonnay Pays Off

Winemaker's Passion for Chardonnay Pays Off

Villa Maria Estate wins Champion Chardonnay at 2014 Spiegelau International Wine Awards.

Among a superb line-up of finalists at the 2014 Spiegelau International Wine Awards held on Friday 8th August, Nick Picone, Villa Maria’s Senior Winemaker proudly accepted the trophy for Champion Chardonnay.

Nick referred to the winning Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013 as “the jewel in the crown for our Chardonnay’s.”

The unrelenting passion Nick has for Chardonnay has contributed to Villa Maria’s impressive competition history. Villa Maria has had an extraordinary run of success with their Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, Gisborne and the Ihumatao Vineyard in Auckland.

We never tire of accepting awards for our Chardonnay’s, they are the ultimate endorsement for the attention to detail we pay in our vineyards and winemaking,” says Picone. “It is a combination of great vineyards plus the dedication and enthusiasm of our team which gives our Chardonnay a distinctive edge.”

The 2014 Spiegelau International Wine Competition attracted over 1300 entries from Australia, Spain, France, Portugal and Chile and New Zealand with the awards dinner held at Auckland’s Northern Club.

“This was a very comprehensive show with a wide range of wines from a number of countries. The standard was very high so those awarded gold medals are truly outstanding,” said Mike de Garis, Chief Judge.

Villa Maria showcased its commitment to producing top quality wines, winning gold medals for Private Bin, Cellar Selection, Reserve and Single Vineyard wines. The family owned

company of over 50 years secured seven gold medals and seven silver medals.

“Our focus is to produce great wines that our customers can really enjoy,” said Picone.


  • Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013

  • Winner of Champion Chardonnay sponsored by Macvine International LTD

  • Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

  • Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Dry Riesling 2012

  • Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Early Release

  • Villa Maria Single Vineyard Templar Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2013

  • Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Late Harvest Semillon 2011

  • Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Organic Merlot 2013

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