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NICK PICONE, VILLA MARIA

TWICE IS NICE

VILLA Maria’s group chief winemaker scooped this prestigious award last year, but anyone who has followed Nick Picone’s career closely won’t be totally surprised. During the past six years, this “extremely talented” winemaker with an “exceptional palate” (to quote his boss, Sir George Fistonich), has scooped six Winemaker of the Show and New Zealand Winemaker of the Year awards.

Starting as a teenager at Esk Valley Estate, owned by

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