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Sir George Fistonich, Founder and President, standing holding a glass of red wine, in front of a Villa Maria winery sign outside the winery

Over the years, five of Villa Maria’s senior winemakers including George Fistonich himself, have received a Winemaker of the Year award. Some, like current Group Winemaker, Nick Picone, have received it more than once.

The winemaking team’s philosophy is based on a non-intrusive style, allowing the flavours of the grapes and character of the vineyard to be expressed by the wine.

“Great wine starts with exceptional vineyards and exceptional people. If you have these foundations, you have the best chance of making the best wines.”

Sir George Fistonich
Image credit: James Stringer
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