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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.


Friday 23 October

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.
Villa Maria has been awarded the top prize - Wine of Show –at the Marlborough Wine Show for the third consecutive year, just days after scooping a major prize pool of eight trophies at the Hawkes Bay A&P Show.
Marlborough Wine Show results:
- Champion Chardonnay Trophy 2014-2015 - Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylor Pass Chardonnay 2014
- Champion Pinot Noir Trophy 2012 and older - Villa Maria Reserve Pinot Noir2012
- Champion Pinot Noir Trophy 2013 and Champion Wine of Show - Villa Maria Reserve Pinot Noir 2013
Villa Maria’s Senior Marlborough Winemaker Helen Morrison said, “These results reflect Villa Maria’s diversity in Marlborough producing high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir across a range of vintages. Our team strives to produce premium Marlborough wines that reflect our unique regional terroir and speak of the special vineyards sites they are from.”

Latest press releases

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»»

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

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»»

Saturday, 31 December 2016

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»»

Saturday, 31 December 2016

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»»

Friday, 26 August 2016

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»»

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Two Golds for Villa Maria Organic wines

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

Thursday, 26 May 2016

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»»

Tuesday, 8 March 2016