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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 Auckland.

28 September 2014

The New Zealand International Wine show is the country’s largest wine show, in its tenth year with over 2000 global entries, it gives recognition to wines that are or will be sold in New Zealand. 

The world renowned show organised by Kingsley Wood of First Glass Wines of Auckland, has a panel of over twenty experts judging the high calibre of entrants, overseen by Chief Judge Bob Campbell, MW.

Thrilled to accept Villa Maria’s medals and trophy was Auckland based winemaker, Dave Roper. “As a winemaker it is always an honour to receive an award, not only is it recognition for the team, it also confirms we’re producing some great wines for our customers to enjoy,” Roper said.

A highlight for Villa Maria was receiving a gold medal for Villa Maria Reserve Syrah 2012 coming from a particularly tough vintage in Hawkes Bay. 

The surprise for the evening was winning the trophy for Champion Sweet Wine for Villa Maria Reserve Noble Botrytis Riesling 2012. This unique, classy concentrated dessert styled wine from Marlborough has gained a reputation amongst connoisseurs.

VILLA MARIA GOLD MEDALS

Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013 

Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2013 

Reserve Marlborough Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection 2012

Reserve Marlborough Noble Semillon 2011 

Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 

Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah 2012

Cellar Selection Marlborough Dry Riesling 2013

Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Organic Merlot 2013

Private Bin East Coast Pinot Gris 2014 

Press releases: 2014

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

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

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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 Year and Champion Winemaker of the Show for Group Chief Winemaker Nick Picone. ... More»»

High Honours for Villa Maria at Air New Zealand Wine Awards

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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»»