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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Villa Maria has awarded its first sommelier scholarship to Damien Detchevery to support his attempt on the Master Sommelier qualification.
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.
Villa Maria’s Single Vineyard Keltern Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010 has once again made its mark as the best chardonnay in New Zealand, having collected five trophies from two shows over a two-week period.
A Hawke’s Bay chardonnay has been awarded Champion Wine of Show at this year’s Romeo Bragato Wine Awards.
Villa Maria Auckland will soon host its inaugural Festival in the Vineyard.
Villa Maria has scooped the Supreme Wine of the Show at the Gisborne Regional Wine Awards 2011 for the now iconic wine, the Villa Maria Reserve Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2009.