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Winemaker’s Passion for Chardonnay Pays Off 

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. 

Friday 08 August

Among a superb line-up of finalists at last night’s prestigious awards, Nick Picone, Villa Maria’s Senior Winemaker proudly accepted the trophy for Champion Chardonnay. 

Nick referred to the winning Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013 as “the jewel in the crown for our Chardonnays.

The unrelenting passion Nick has for Chardonnay has contributed to Villa Maria’s impressive competition history. Villa Maria has had an extraordinary run of success with their Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, Gisborne and the Ihumatao Vineyard in Auckland. 

“We never tire of accepting awards for our Chardonnay, they are the ultimate endorsement for the attention to detail we pay in our vineyards and winemaking,” says Picone. “It is a combination of great vineyards plus the dedication and enthusiasm of our team which gives our Chardonnay a distinctive edge.” 

The 2014 Spiegelau International Wine Competition attracted over 1300 entries from Australia, Spain, France, Portugal and Chile and New Zealand with the awards dinner held at Auckland’s Northern Club last night. 

 “This was a very comprehensive show with a wide range of wines from a number of countries. The standard was very high so those awarded gold medals are truly outstanding,” said Mike de Garis, Chief Judge. 

Villa Maria showcased its commitment to producing top quality wines, winning gold medals for Private Bin, Cellar Selection, Reserve and Single Vineyard wines. The family owned company of over 50 years secured seven gold medals and seven silver medals. 

“Our focus is to produce great wines that our customers can really enjoy,” said Picone.


Summary of the awards:

Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013

Winner of Champion Chardonnay sponsored by Macvine International LTD


Gold Medals

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Dry Riesling 2012

Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Early Release

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Templar Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Late Harvest Semillon 2011

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Organic Merlot 2013


Silver Medals

Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Pinot Gris 2014

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Viognier 2013

Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Rosé 2014

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

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