By Hayes Knight – 12 September 2011

Hayes Knight are proud to announce that Sir George Fistonich, owner and managing director of Villa Maria Estate, has received the International Wine Challenge’s highest honour at the glittering awards dinner in London where he accepted the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sir George Fistonich joins an exclusive group of high profile figures from the wine world who have previously received this award, most recently including Peter Lehmann, Peter Lehmann Wines (2009) and Miguel Torres, Bodegas Torres (2010).

The International Wine Challenge Awards are the world’s most prestigious and influential wine awards.  The 2011 ceremony took place at The Hilton, Park Lane in London. The judging panel, chaired by Tim Atkin MW, Oz Clarke, Charles Metcalfe, Sam Harrop MW & Derek Smedley MW, chose to honour Sir George with this accolade, which is bestowed annually on one senior industry leader for significant contributions to the wine industry internationally.