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Most awarded winery

We lay claim to the title of New Zealand's most awarded winery for over 30 years

Great Producers

One of the World’s 50 Great Wine Producers by Wine Spectator Magazine (USA - 2004)

Most Admired

One of the World's 50 Most Admired Brands - Drinks International Magazine (UK - 2012)

Winery of the Year

New Zealand Winery of the Year - Wine Magazine (China - 2012)

Company of the Year

New Zealand Wine Company of the Year - The 2012 award marked the 12th time in 15 years - Winestate (AUS 2012)

Top New World

New World Winery of the Year - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (USA - 2007)

Producer of the Year

New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year - International Wine & Spirit Competition (UK - 2009, 2007, 2006 & 2004)

Knighted

George Fistonich, knighted by the New Zealand government for services to the wine industry

Top 50 Figures

George Fistonich short listed as one of 50 prominent figures in the wine industry by Wine International Magazine (UK - 2005)

Entrepreneur

George Fistonich named Ernst & Young 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year (NZ)

Secret of success

George Fistonich believes that the secret to Villa Maria’s success does not lie in chasing awards but rather focusing on making superior quality wine that consumers can readily enjoy. Get this right and the awards naturally follow