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The secret to our success

We believe that the secret to Villa Maria’s success does not lie in chasing awards, but focusing on making superior quality wine that consumers can readily enjoy.

Get this right and the awards naturally follow.

Our story began in 1961 when George Fistonich started with just an acre of vines in Auckland.

Since then Villa Maria has become an icon of the New Zealand wine industry.

We're known for making bold, pioneering moves, like switching to 100% screwcap, and embedding sustainable practices in every aspect of company- from vine to wine and beyond.

A quality benchmark of New Zealand's wine industry

Great producers

One of the World’s 50 Great Wine Producers by Wine Spectator Magazine (USA - 2004)

New Zealand's Most Admired Brand

Named as the Most Admired Brand from New Zealand by the renowned Drinks International Magazine, for the 6th consecutive year (2015 - 2020)

Winery of the year

New Zealand Winery of the Year - Wine Magazine (China - 2012)

Company of the Year

New Zealand Wine Company of the Year - The 2013 award marked the 13th time in 16 years - Winestate (AUS - 2013)

Top New World

New World Winery of the Year - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (USA - 2007)

Producer of the Year

New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year - International Wine & Spirit Competition (UK - 2009, 2007, 2006 & 2004)

Most Trusted Wine Brand

Selected by New Zealand consumers as Reader's Digest Most Trusted Brand in 2020 - the third time in the past five years.

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