For the 15th time in 19 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 Queenstown, Auckland.
Winestate magazine is Australia’s most widely read wine magazine. Over the last 12 months, the Winestate judges tasted over 11,000 wines from Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Spain, and Austria; 3,500 of the wines tasted were from New Zealand.
On receiving the award Ian Clark, Villa Maria’s Export/PR Manager commented, “Winestate’s sponsorship of these awards for the past 19 years has greatly assisted in making Australia a major market for New Zealand wines. With the magazine now going further afield, it can only help New Zealand’s export efforts.”
Villa Maria’s founder and CEO Sir George Fistonich attributes the consecutive wins to unrelenting dedication and passion for making great wine. “Winning this award year after year is a testament to our quality and consistency, especially amongst increased competition from other outstanding wine companies. I’m incredibly proud of this achievement and hope to continue this tradition for many more years to come.” he said.