Villa Maria ends 2013 on a high scooping 21% of New Zealand’s Gold Medal haul at the IWC

In the first tranche of the International Wine Challenge Awards 2014, announced yesterday, Villa Maria and sister winery, Vidal, picked up 21% of the large gold medal haul for New Zealand. As well as taking three Gold’s at the IWC, including one for their most widely distributed wine, the Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013, this wine was also named ‘Grand Champion’ at the 19th Old Ebbitt Grill International Wines for Oysters competition which took place in Washington, USA this month. In addition to Gold for the Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, Villa Maria Reserve Clifford Bay SauvignonBlanc 2013 and Vidal Reserve Series Pinot Noir 2011 also received Gold medals at the IWC 2014.

Villa Maria founder and CEO Sir George Fistonich comments: “To have our Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc – a wine that is distributed to over 60 countries, receive international awards and recognition is an outstanding result for us. These results also help to enhance the NZ wine industry’s credentials as a producer of premium quality wines.”

These results come on the back of another hugely successful year for Villa Maria and its winemaking team, reinforcing their 33 year record for being New Zealand’s most awarded winery. Some of their award highlights over the past 12 months include:

Villa Maria wines are available in the UK via sole UK agent Hatch Mansfield.

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