For the 14th time in 18 years, Villa Maria has been named New Zealand Winery of the Year by leading Australian wine magazine Winestate at an exclusive awards ceremony held in Remuera, Auckland.
The winery’s Group Chief Winemaker Nick Picone also received the sought after ‘NZ Winemaker of the Year’ title – an award he has achieved at other shows twice already in his career. It’s no wonder UK publication Drinks Business included Nick in their ’30 winemakers under 40 to watch’ roundup in 2014.
Villa Maria’s founder and CEO Sir George Fistonich attributes the win to a great deal of hard work, dedication and, above all, a passion for making great wine. “It’s amazing that even after all these years and with much more competition these days we continue to dominate at winning awards. Being named New Zealand winery of the year 14 of the 18 times the award has been given is a reflection of our single minded commitment to quality in every wine we make,” he said.