Posts tagged "Villa Maria"

Villa Maria awarded 12 golds and two trophies at Royal Easter Show Wine Awards

[5 March/The Country] Villa Maria upheld their reputation as New Zealand’s most awarded winery when it was awarded 12 golds and two trophies at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. The Group’s Chief Winemaker, Nick Picone, was particularly happy that the golds were across all four tiers of Villa Maria wines. He said they were...

Vidal Estate winery, restaurant, land in Hastings on the market

[15 February/Stuff] One of New Zealand’s first wineries, Vidal Estate, in the Hawkes Bay has been put up for sale by pioneering winemaker Sir George Fistonich. The Estate was established in 1905 by Anthony Joseph Vidal, who set out to establish a wine empire. The reason for the sale is so the company can move...

Champion Hawke’s Bay wine comes from great grapes

[26 October/New Zealand Herald] Viticulturist Jonathan Hamlet was in charge of the grapes that went into Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards Champion of Show wine – Te Awa’s Single Estate Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. Mr Hamlet was overjoyed with the result, which reflected the hard work he and his team...

Sainsbury wine label design, colours, similar to New Zealand’s Villa Maria

 [8 June/ Stuff] Villa Maria has asked Sainsbury’s to pull a rival house wine label, Villetta Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc label, from its shelves because the labels are too similar. The label has adopted the Villa Maria white label with gold surround, as well as a similar wing-like logo in a similar shade of red. The...

Villa Maria jumps to fourth as world’s most admired wine brand

 [3 April/ National Business Review] Villa Maria has been named the fourth most admired wine brand in the world in the third year that the company has placed on the list. The list is compiled annually by Drinks International – the world’s leading magazine for alcoholic beverages – from choices made by 200 industry experts....

Otago winemaker signs deal for US distribution

[25 March. New Zealand Herald] Peregrine Wines has signed a deal with Vineyard Brands that will enable the full Peregrine Wines portfolio to be distributed to every state in the United States. Before Peregrine, Vineyard Brands had dealt with Villa Maria. The new distribution contract could mean a 50 percent increase in production for Peregrine...

Villa Maria joins elite with super-premium red selling for $150 a bottle

[9 December/ National Business Review] Villa Maria has created a premium red wine that sold for $150 a bottle. Villa Maria Chief Winemaker, Nick Picone said the Ngakirkiri wine was based on Cabernet Sauvignon with a dash of Merlot. Mr Picone said several attempts had been made in previous years to produce the wine, but...

Wine awards recognise top drops from the Bay

[28 August/ Radio NZ Rural] Villa Maria has won two major awards at the recent New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo Bragato conference. A Villa Maria chardonnay, with grapes grown by Brett Donaldson, won the Bragato Trophy, while a Villa Maria cabernet sauvignon merlot, made from grapes grown by Phil Holden in Hawke’s Bay, won the Champion...

Villa Maria among world’s best

[21 March/ NZ Herald] Influential trade journal, Drinks International, has ranked New Zealand’s Villa Maria as the fourth most-admired wine brand in the world. It is the first time a New Zealand wine brand has been ranked so highly in the poll, with the relatively small, family owned company ranking above traditional heavyweights. Villa Maria...

Winemakers work together to boost exports

[8 August/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] A group of 12 New Zealand winemakers, called the Family of Twelve have joined together to promote their wine internationally. The group focuses on marketing and brand building for its members, with the responsibility for sales falling on the individual wineries. The group’s chairman, William Hoare said although the...

NZ wine favoured by British

[25 July/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Nielsen figures indicate that New Zealand has surpassed Australia to become the number two country of origin in Britain for wine sold for over $13.85 (GBP7.00), with New Zealand wines constituting 18 percent of all wines sold in the premium price segment in Britain, while Australia holds a 16.7...

Villa Maria acquires Hawke’s Bay neighbour

[13 February/ The National Business Review] Villa Maria has purchased a 41ha property containing a vineyard, on the Gimblett Gravels area in Hawke’s Bay, to assist securing its grape supply. The vineyard has previously provided Villa Maria with its surplus grapes. Villa Maria now owns a third of the 800ha of land in the official...