New Zealand Business Hall of Fame for Villa Maria founder
August 1st, 2013

New Zealand Business Hall of Fame for Villa Maria founder

Renowned winery owner Sir George Fistonich was last night inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame recognising his significant contribution to the economic and social development of New Zealand through enterprise.

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Villa Maria named in top 10 Rosés
June 28th, 2013

Villa Maria named in top 10 Rosés

Villa Maria 2012 Private Bin Rosé has been named in British newspaper The Independent’s list of the top ten Rosé wines on sale in the UK this summer. The wine is a blend of five different grape varieties; two black (merlot and malbec), one green (viognier) and two pink (pinot gris and gewürztraminer).

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Villa Maria – winning with consistency
June 25th, 2013

Villa Maria – winning with consistency

Five golds for five different varieties demonstrate Villa Maria’s ability to create exceptional wines across many varietals.

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New label design for Villa Maria
June 13th, 2013

New label design for Villa Maria

Villa Maria has announced its wine will come with freshly designed labels from its next vintage release. The changes are subtle, maintaining the company’s well established chevron identity.

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Villa George makes NZ Business Hall of Fame
May 1st, 2013

Villa George makes NZ Business Hall of Fame

Villa Maria owner and founder Sir George Fistonich is to be inducted into the NZ Business Hall of fame, recognising his contribution to the economic and social development of New Zealand through enterprise.

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Villa Maria named NZ Winery of the Year in China
September 18th, 2012

Villa Maria named NZ Winery of the Year in China

The Chinese version of Wine magazine has announced Villa Maria as the New Zealand Winery of the Year. According to the publishers, Wine initiated the awards to help local Chinese wine drinkers identify leading producers in each national wine category.

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Keith’s Take: New Zealand wine keeps making the same mistakes
September 13th, 2012

Keith’s Take: New Zealand wine keeps making the same mistakes

The announcement last week that Villa Maria is buying Hawke’s Bay winery Te Awa and its premium Kidnapper Cliffs label from Julian Robertson is more of the same from a New Zealand wine industry bent on industrialisation. Factory wine production and mass market sales continue to dog the industry’s aims to become a truly fine wine producer, if, indeed the industry at large has such an aim. The evidence to date is otherwise.

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September 6th, 2012

Villa builds an extension

Villa Maria has added a new name to its stable of fine wines.

The largest New Zealand-owned wine company has taken over Julian Robertson’s Hawke’s Bay wineries Te Awa and Kidnapper Cliffs, although Dry River is not part of the deal.

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New general manager at Villa Maria
April 16th, 2012

New general manager at Villa Maria

Rob Ferguson has been appointed as general manager – commercial, of Villa Maria Estate. He joined the family-owned wine business earlier this year and is overseeing the commercial functions of the company.

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Villa Maria swoops on gold again
February 22nd, 2012

Villa Maria swoops on gold again

New Zealand’s largest locally owned winery, Villa Maria has again swooped on more than its share of gold at a major wine competition. This time it is the Easter Show Wine Awards 2012, the 59th time this competition has been held.

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February 7th, 2012

Villa Maria offers sommelier support

Villa Maria has awarded its first sommelier scholarship to Damien Detchevery to support his attempt on the Master Sommelier qualification.

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Villa Maria founder Sir George Fistonich
September 8th, 2011

Lifetime Achievement Award for Villa Maria founder Sir George Fistonich

Sir George Fistonich, owner and managing director of Villa Maria Estate, has received the International Wine Challenge’s highest honour, the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award.

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