Villa Maria Estate in the Final Four
Drinks International magazine names Villa Maria as the fourth most-admired brand in the world.
When you make a Final Four, whether its March Madness NCAA Basketball or a worldwide list of the worlds most admired wine brands, it’s a big deal. Drinks International, an influential trade journal, ranked Villa Maria behind only Torres and Vega Sicilia of Spain, which ranked first and second, and Australia’s Penfolds, which ranked third.
Wine Channel TV and CEO Jessica Altieri have had the opportunity to meet with Sir George Fistonich, the Founder of Villa Maria Estate over the past few years and we’re thrilled at the success for the entire team.
The winery was founded in 1961 by Sir George Fistonich, who is still the sole owner and Managing Director. Sir George has revolutionized the NZ wine industry, helping launch New Zealand’s first vineyard bar and restaurant, the two-tier structure for labelling their wines, and in 2005 he was named New Zealand’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
-New World Winery of the Year for 2007 (by Wine Enthusiast)
-Twice named New Zealand Wine Company of the Year