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A strong start to the awards season for Villa Maria


Living up to the reputation as New Zealand’s most awarded winery, Villa Maria is off to an impressive start in the 2019 awards season with a total of 17 gold medals from both the New Zealand International Wine Show and Hawkes Bay Wine Awards.

The gold medals adorn Villa Maria wines from Auckland, Marlborough and Hawkes Bay, across all tiers of the family-owned winery’s portfolio. Villa Maria’s Company Viticulturist Oliver Powrie said the result from these awards shows are a great representation of the hard work put in by the viticulture and winemaking teams. “After months of hard work during harvest followed by winter pruning and world-class vineyard management, these results are great recognition for all the effort and expertise both our viticulture and winemaking teams put in throughout the year,” he said.

“We are always thrilled when our determination to produce the best wines possible is awarded with gold medals. The team couldn’t be happier with the results so far and we are all looking forward to seeing how the rest of the awards season unfolds.”

With an unrelenting commitment to quality Villa Maria has been New Zealand’s most awarded winery for almost 40 years.

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The New Zealand International Wine Show is the largest wine competition in the country. Over 2,000 wines were entered this year with a total of 257 gold medals awarded. While this result may appear generous, almost 600 wines were not awarded any medal at all.

The Hawkes Bay Wine Awards is the oldest regional wine awards and the objective is to identify, celebrate and promote the regions viticulture and wine making prowess.

PHOTO ABOVE: (L-R) Villa Maria Company Viticulturist Oliver Powrie and Group Chief Winemaker Nick Picone

New Zealand International Wine Show gold medals:

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2017

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2017

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Pinot Noir 2016

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Gewürztraminer 2017

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Villa Maria Reserve Noble Botrytis Selection Marlborough Riesling 2016

Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Merlot 2016

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2015

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2016

Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Rosé 2018

Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Hawkes Bay Wine Awards gold medals:

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2017

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Albariño 2017

Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2017

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2016

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2016

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2017

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