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Villa Maria Finalist in Sustainability Awards

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

15 September 2014

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

The annual Sustainable 60 Awards recognise sustainable business excellence supported by Fairfax Media and the Sustainable Business Council, along with partners Deloitte, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and Sustainable Edge.

Villa Maria was a founding member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand in 1995, an initiative of the body, New Zealand Winegrowers, providing a best practice model for managing vineyards and wineries.

With a proud history in the sustainability award arena, in 2012 Villa Maria was awarded supreme winner for the Green Ribbon Award from the New Zealand Government recognising on going contributions to protecting our environment and the overall champion for the Sustainable Business Network Awards.

Villa Maria was the first major winery to achieve the BioGro organic certification and is proudly recognised by CEMARS (Certified Emissions measurement and Reduction Scheme) that solely focuses on measuring and managing carbon footprint or greenhouse gas emissions.

Villa Maria has a network of worm farms in the vineyard and winery sites to create nutrient rich material for the vineyards, wildflowers to assist soil structure, light weight glass, heat recovery, night air cooling, natural lighting, hybrid vehicles and a comprehensive recycling programme.

“As a family company, the desire to leave something for the next generation is an ever-present and overriding business objective,” said Sir George Fistonich, Founder and CEO of Villa Maria. “We have been on a continuous sustainability journey for over twenty years and being environmentally responsible is part of our core objective.”

Villa Maria Sustainability Video and Journey

Press releases: 2014

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»»

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 vintage is an exclusive wine featuring Bordeaux varietals (predominantly Cabernet-Sauvignon) that encapsulates Villa Maria’s 55 years of winemaking achievements.... 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 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

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 winemakers, looking to add their 11 golds that were previously awarded (out of the total 91). High honours began with Villa Maria receiving 5 Elite Gold Medal categories, for Champion Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Exhibition White, Exhibition Red and Champion Merlot, Cabernet and Blends. ... 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»»