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Villa Maria Named Among Top 10 Most Admired Wine Brands in the World and No. 1 in New Zealand by Drinks International.

Drinks International, one of the most trusted and respected global drink journals, has named Villa Maria as the eighth most admired wine brand in the world and the only New Zealand winery to make the prestigious top 10 list.

Auckland, New Zealand (Mar. 15, 2016) — Drinks International, one of the most trusted and respected global drink journals, has named Villa Maria as the eighth most admired wine brand in the world and the only New Zealand winery to make the prestigious top 10 list. This is the second year running that Villa Maria has been included in the top 10 list. More than 200 of the world’s top masters of wine, sommeliers, educators and journalists took part in the annual poll, which considers wine brands from all regions, styles and qualities.

Christian Davis, Editor of Drinks International commented on Villa Maria’s inclusion in the list, saying "The World's most Admired Wine Brands is all about asking key buyers, specifier and opinion formers which wine brands they most admire. We spread the net from multiple retailer and global travel retail buyers to wine writers, journalists, masters of wine and wine educators. That way we get a representative sample of brands from highly expensive iconic wines to commercial brands we see on supermarket shelves and airport shops around the world,” he said.

“Villa Maria fits the bill perfectly. A brand virtually everyone admires, respects and, most importantly, drinks. A flag bearer for everything that is good about New Zealand. Well done to George Fistonich and all his team. Great man, great wines,” Davis continued.

Drinks International‘s 2016 Top 10 Most Admired Wine Brands

1. Penfolds
2. Torres
3. Ridge
4. Casillero del Diablo
5. M. Chapoutier
6. Guigal
7. Errazuriz
8. Villa Maria
9. Chateau d’Yquem
10. Tio Pepe