Villa Maria has scooped the pool of awards at this year’s Bragato Wine Awards 2016 with six trophies and eight gold medals, including the Champion Wine of Show. Villa Maria Viticulturist Cameron Price also won the national Young Viticulturist of the Year title topping off an outstanding awards night.
Villa Maria’s Ihumatao Vineyard in Auckland was a standout performer with the Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2014 winning Champion Wine of Show and Champion Chardonnay for the second year running, whilst the Single Vineyard Ihumatao Gewürztraminer 2014 won the Champion Gewürztraminer Trophy.
Other trophy wins included Champion Red Trophy and Champion Classic Red Trophy for the Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014 along with the Dessert wine trophy for Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Noble Riesling 2015.
Villa Maria founder and CEO Sir George Fistonich said the Ihumatao Vineyard is one of the most awarded vineyards in the country: “Wines from this vineyard have consistently dominated wine competitions, with a top award for every vintage since the mid-2000s; this incredible result reflects Brett Donaldson (Auckland viticulturist) and his team’s passion and meticulous vineyard management,” he said.
The annual Bragato Awards are to recognise New Zealand grape growers and are named after the visionary viticulturalist who helped to shape viticulture principles for New Zealand.