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Press Releases

Read the latest press releases from Villa Maria.

Villa Maria Named New Zealand’s Most Admired Wine Brand by Drinks International for 3rd Year in a Row

For the third year in a row Villa Maria has been named one of the most admired wine brands in the world. It is the only New Zealand winery to be in the top 10, placing fourth in this year’s “World’s Most Admired Wine Brands” list. ... More»»

2017

Villa Maria Named New Zealand’s Most Admired Wine Brand by Drinks International for 3rd Year in a Row

For the third year in a row Villa Maria has been named one of the most admired wine brands in the world. It is the only New Zealand winery to be in the top 10, placing fourth in this year’s “World’s... More»»

2016

25 Years in the Making, Villa Maria Proudly Presents: Ngakirikiri

Ngakirikiri is Māori for The Gravels, a befitting name for a distinctive wine grown in the stony Hawkes Bay vineyards of the Gimblett Gravels. Villa Maria proudly presents Ngakirikiri. This 2013... More»»

Huge Champion Trophy Win for Villa Maria

Villa Maria added to its massive 20 gold medal haul, winning five trophies at the New Zealand International Wine Show awards dinner, including three varietal trophy wins, Champion Wine Company of the... More»»

High Honours for Villa Maria at Air New Zealand Wine Awards

A diamond-themed celebration marked Air New Zealand's 30th year of hosting the Wine Awards and the Viaduct Centre in Auckland was electric with excitement. Villa Maria was amongst New Zealand's top... More»»

Villa Maria Estate rated as New Zealand’s "Most Trusted Wine Brand" in Reader's Digest poll

Family owned New Zealand winery Villa Maria Estate has just received another major award, having been announced winner of the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Award 2016 in the NZ Wine category... More»»

Two Golds for Villa Maria Organic wines

New Zealand Organic Wine Awards Gold medal winners... More»»

Villa Maria named in top 10 most admired wine brands and No.1 in New Zealand

For the second year Villa Maria has been named as the only NZ winery in a prestigious top 10 list of the most admired wine brands.... More»»

19 Major Awards for Villa Maria including Champion Wine of the Show and Winemaker of the Year

Villa Maria Estate has dominated trophy and gold medal wins at the Royal New Zealand Easter Show Wine Awards by taking out the top prize, three varietal trophies and 14 gold medals along with NZ... More»»

2015

Villa Maria’s Spectacular Success in Marlborough and Hawkes Bay Wine Shows

Villa Maria has enjoyed huge success at the country’s two top regional wine shows this week, having scooped a hoard of trophies at both the Hawkes Bay and Marlborough Wine Shows. ... More»»

Villa Maria victorious in the vintage of the century

After over 35 years of being New Zealand’s most awarded and in a now vastly more competitive industry, Villa Maria has managed to hold fast to its award-winning dominance and achieved an almost clean... More»»

Five trophies & 12 golds for Villa Maria wines

Villa Maria continues its legacy of multiple award-winning successes with a huge win at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2015. ... More»»

Wins across the board for Villa Maria

Villa Maria has received the Champion Producer of the Show, two varietal trophies and 12 gold medals across several wine varietal categories and vintages at The Spiegelau International Wine... More»»

New head of winemaking for Villa Maria Group

Nick Picone has been appointed Villa Maria Group Chief Winemaker, after 18 years with the winery. ... More»»

Villa Maria named fourth most admired wine brand in the world

Today, Drinks International, one of the most trusted and respected global drink journals, named Villa Maria as the fourth most admired wine brand in the world, the only New Zealand winery to make the... More»»

Golden glow for Villa Maria as 2015 Royal Easter Wine Show results released

Villa Maria Estate picked up five gold medals at this year’s Royal Easter Show Wine awards. The show is New Zealand’s oldest and longest running national wine competition with 1,222 wines entered... More»»

2014

Sweet Success for Villa Maria at International Wine Show

It was sweet success for Villa Maria last evening, collecting nine gold medals and the trophy for Champion Sweet Wine at the New Zealand International Wine Show, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in... More»»

Villa Maria Finalist in Sustainability Award

Villa Maria is thrilled to be a finalist in two categories in the 2014 Sustainable 60 Awards announced today.... More»»

Another Villa Maria Viticulturist Wins National Title

Friday 29 August. A great celebration at the Bragato Awards in Marlborough last night as Viticulturist Paul Robinson won Young Viticulturist of the Year and Villa Maria received Six Gold Medals... More»»

Winemaker’s Passion for Chardonnay Pays Off

Friday 08 August. Twelve Villa Maria wines picked up awards at the 2014 Spiegelau International Awards along with the Champion Chardonnay trophy for Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013. ... More»»

Villa Maria Dominates Pinot Gris at International Cool Climate Show

Several Villa Maria white wines have picked up awards, announced at last night’s International Cool Climate Wine Show 2014 including the trophy for Pinot Gris. ... More»»

Villa Maria Reigns dominant in Chardonnay again

For the fourth consecutive year, Villa Maria has taken out the Supreme Wine of the Show and Champion Chardonnay at the Gisborne Regional Wine Awards with its undisputedly high performing wine, the... More»»

Villa Maria takes out top prize at Easter Show Wine Awards

Along with Champion Wine of the Show, Winemaker of the Year and Champion Chardonnay, the family owned New Zealand icon has also won the Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot Trophy and the Heritage Rose Bowl... More»»

International Awards for Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc

Villa Maria has entered its 35th year as New Zealand’s most awarded winery with a strong award performance at the Easter Show Wine Awards.

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2013

International Awards for Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc

Villa Maria’s most widely distributed wine the Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 has collected two international awards in recent weeks. ... More»»

A dominating stash of gold

Villa Maria has been awarded a swathe of Gold medals at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.... More»»