Villa Maria Celebrates At Royal Easter Show

It was an evening of glitter, glamour and champagne – but it was Villa Maria that shone the most at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. Held on Saturday night, the internationally acclaimed winery won 12 gold medals and three trophies – acquiring 20 per cent of the total gold medal count. Villa Maria won the Heritage Class 2019 Rosebowl Trophy for Villa Maria Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah ’06, ’10 and ’16. The Heritage Category identified and rewarded a wine label that was of “exceptional quality and has demonstrated the capacity to develop elegance and complexity over time”. The Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2016 has once again taken out the Champion Cabernet Sauvignon and Blend Trophy, and Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018 won the Champion Pinot Gris Trophy. Photo: Sir George Fistonich, daughter Karen Fistonich, Mark Udy and Gianni Flego. For more on this and other great Hawke’s Bay stories go to Posted: 12 March 2019