Villa Maria has been named in the top three Most Admired Wine Brands in the World, as well as being acknowledged as Australasia’s Most Admired Wine Brand.
“It’s an absolute honour for Villa Maria to be named as the third most admired wine brand in the world and we are delighted to be held in such high esteem on the international stage,” said Villa Maria Founder and President, Sir George Fistonich. “New Zealand is a relatively young winemaking nation and to be in the top three wine brands in the world is immensely powerful for New Zealand wine and the New Zealand export sector. I’m very excited about the future of our whole industry.”
The ‘Most Admired Wine Brand’ awards are operated by Drinks International – one of the world’s leading and most respected drinks magazines, and UK based global research company Wine Intelligence. The awards are judged by more than 130 industry experts.
“This award is a testament to the unrelenting passion, enthusiasm and intelligence of winemaking and viticulture teams,” Fistonich said. “The quality of our wines consistently deliver and show we exceed in all the award criteria. It’s fantastic recognition for Villa Maria and I’m incredibly proud that we are punching well above our weight on this prestigious global list.”
Villa Maria has been named New Zealand’s Most Admired Wine Brand for five consecutive years and been in the World’s Top 10 placing fourth in 2015, eighth in 2016, fourth in 2017 and eighth in 2018.
"New Zealand wine has become a $1.7 billion international success story because our wine producers have always delivered real value to consumers," said New Zealand Winegrowers CEO Philip Gregan. “This award highlights the on-going success of New Zealand wine brands as they compete for the attention of consumers across the globe.”