[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 thrilled the golds were to a spectrum of wines from their Private Bin, Cellar Selection, Reserve and Single Vineyard ranges. Villa Maria Founder and President, Sir George Fistonich, believed the awards were an outcome of a passionate and hard-working winemaking team.