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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 - 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)

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 2016 award marked the 15th time in 19 years - Winestate (AUS - 2016)

most Trusted brand

Most Trusted Brand for New Zealand Wine - Reader's Digest (NZ - 2018 & 2016)

Producer of the Year

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


George Fistonich, knighted by the New Zealand government for services to the wine industry (NZ - 2008)

Top 50 Figures

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


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

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.