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Villa Maria Viticulturist Wins National Title

Villa Maria Viticulturist Wins National Title

It was a successful evening for Villa Maria at last night’s New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo Bragato Wine Awards held in Marlborough, winning six gold medals and Villa Maria’s Hawkes Bay Assistant Vineyard Manager Paul Robinson collecting the trophy for New Zealand’s Young Viticulturist of the Year.

One of five finalists, Paul was thrilled with the award, “This is my fourth attempt at the title and its feels fantastic to be the winner.”

Placing strong emphasis on viticulture this is the second time Villa Maria has had a winner take the title. Paul made special thanks to Villa Maria for the opportunities that have been presented during his seven years with the company.

The Young Viticulturist of the Year competition was founded in 2006 and attracts a high calibre of entrants from around the country. It is recognised within the wine industry as the leading accomplishment for young viticulturists to aspire to, celebrating the young talent from each wine region.

The contestants showcased their practical skills throughout the competition with the final challenge, a topical speech. Fronting a crowd of 400, Paul confidently spoke about water management in Hawkes Bay’s famous Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District. Paul goes onto compete in the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition in November.

Emma Taylor, National Coordinator for the Young Viticulturist Competition said, “This year’s event was particularly tough with a very high standard of competitors.”

The annual Bragato Wine Awards celebrate the effort and passion from viticulturists and vineyard management throughout New Zealand. The six gold medals Villa Maria collected are the result of a true culmination between viticulture and winemaking to consistently produce quality wines.


  • Villa Maria Single Vineyard Chardonnay Keltern 2013

  • Villa Maria Single Vineyard Chardonnay Taylors Pass 2013

  • Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Noble Riesling 2012

  • Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Noble Semillon 2011

  • Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Noir 2012

  • Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2012

Image: Paul Robinson with the trophy and vehicle he receives for a year

Left to right: Sturrock Saunders from Hyundai Blenheim (Mayfield Motors)

Winner Paul Robinson from Villa Maria

Debbie Philipson Fleet Partnership Manager from Fleetpartners

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