George Fistonich's Villa Maria Estate has beaten its own record having been awarded 17 Golds at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2011. The awards are across their entire range of wines including Private Bin, Cellar Selection, Reserve and Single Vineyard and for majority of the wine varietals the winery makes.
Villa Maria Estate Group Winemaker Alastair Maling MW was ecstatic with the medal wins: “This is the most incredible result that we’ve had in a wine competition in the nine years I’ve been at Villa Maria. Not only is the result great for our brand, it’s also extremely satisfying to win awards across the full spectrum of wines produced by Villa Maria”.
The Royal Easter Show Wine Awards is New Zealand’s oldest wine competition and this year had a record 1500 wines entered from 276 wineries around the country.
Trophy winners will be announced at an awards dinner on 19 March 2011.