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Villa Maria

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Villa Maria

  • About

    In 1961, at just 21 years of age, George Fistonich leased five acres of land from his father in Mangere, Auckland and started off with just an acre of vines. He harvested his first grapes in 1962 and made his first wine under the name Villa Maria. Throughout the 1960s Villa Maria was a one-man band, with George’s wife, Gail, supporting him in his venture. He made dry red and white wines, sourcing grapes from the greater Auckland regions. In the early 1970s he started to employ staff and the company began to expand rapidly. Today, Villa Maria employs more than 250 permanent staff and exports wine to over 50 countries worldwide.

    George Fistonich has spent five decades at the forefront of the New Zealand wine industry that he helped develop. As an icon of this industry, Villa Maria is known for bold and industry-changing moves such as moving to 100% screwcap and the emphasis on sustainable practices in every area of the family-owned company. Visit the Villa Maria Website.

  • Region

    Hawkes Bay

Wines from this producer

  • Taste
    Blueberry, red plums & delicate pepper. Indian-spice & supple texture finishing rich with silky tannins & generous length
    Eat
    Venison, blueberry jus
    Why
    Fun fun fun
    Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah New Zealand Wine

    2010 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Clean & fresh, focussed passionfruit, lime & a touch of herbaceousness. Frizzante style
    Eat
    Seafood… On a beach
    Why
    A fun way to drink Sauvignon
    Villa Maria Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

    2014 Villa Maria Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

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  • Taste
    Deeply coloured, fragrant red plum, berry fruit & violet aromas with subtle oak. Intriguing spice & blackberry fruit notes
    Eat
    Peppered steak
    Why
    NZ's oldest family winery
    Villa Maria Gimblett Gravels Reserve Merlot New Zealand Wine

    2013 Villa Maria Reserve Merlot Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Concentrated & vibrant Sauvignon Blanc displaying powerful aromas of currants, snow pea & fresh lime. Fine acidity & mineral notes lead to satisfying finish
    Eat
    Quinoa salad, fruits
    Why
    Quintessential Sauvignon
    Villa Maria Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand Wine

    2015 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

  • Taste
    Floral aromas with bright notes of strawberry, red fruits & spice. Generous mouthfeel & a delicious, smooth finish
    Eat
    Sourdough margherita pizza
    Why
    The best of Hawke's Bay fruit
    Villa Maria, Private Bin, Rosé, 2015

    2015 Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé Hawke's Bay

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