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Villa Maria takes out Australasian Wine of the Year - Villa Maria

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Villa Maria has come out on top yet again and been awarded Wine of the Year at the Australasian Winestate Awards for Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2018 which also won Top Chardonnay. Add to that Villa Maria’s Group Chief Winemaker Nick Picone also received the prestigious New Zealand Winemaker of the Year title for the third time. Villa Maria was also named the New Zealand Wine Company of the Year. The family-owned winery has now won New Zealand Wine Company of the Year an astonishing 17 times in the last 22 years the competition has been running.

"Winestate evaluates around 10,000 wines from Australia and New Zealand and therefore a Winestate medal is truly deserved as only five per cent of wines submitted reach the finalist stage," says Peter Simic, Editor of Winestate. These awards reflect the culmination of outstanding 5-star reviews Villa Maria wines have received from Winestate throughout the year.

"We are thrilled to win Australasia Wine of the Year again this year. To go back to back and consecutively win this title is truly remarkable and full credit goes to our entire team. For a Hawkes Bay Chardonnay to win this elusive award just endorses the quality of the Chardonnay’s we are so passionate about and indicates we are on point with viticulture and winemaking," said Nick Picone, Chief Winemaker, Villa Maria.

"This award follows on from our winning 2015 Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot and re-casts the spotlight on Hawkes Bay and the incredible wines coming from this unique region. The top examples of Chardonnay and Cabernet blends not only stand alongside the finest wines produced in New Zealand, but they are also standing up on the international stage and that can only be extremely positive for the profile of the region," Nick continued.

"It is very much an honour to win New Zealand Winemaker of the Year. I must share this award with my colleagues across the business, as we have a dedicated and passionate team who are driven to produce quality wines and that certainly makes my job easier," he said.

The Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2017 was also ranked in the Top Three Chardonnay’s at the Winestate Wine of the Year Awards, a clear sign of the exceptional quality Chardonnay produced from the Hawkes Bay region.

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