After a couple of years when large tracts of New Zealand have been hit by tropical cyclones prior to harvest, 2019 provided a Panadol for grape growers and winemakers throughout the country.
And not just anywhere on the list, but at number four, behind only Torres, Penfolds and Chateau Margaux. It was 2015 when Villa Maria first appeared on the list, in the fourth position. Last year the company was named the eighth most admired, and this year is back into fourth.
The editor of Drinks International Christian Davis said, “Villa Maria remains New Zealand’s most respected wine producer. It is up there with the best of them – rightly so.”
In total five New Zealand companies made the Top 50, as judged by 200 Masters of Wine, sommeliers, journalists and bloggers. Felton Road came in at 13, Cloudy Bay at 24, Brancott Estate at 42 and Oyster Bay at 46.