Truly exceptional wine made by passionate people encapsulates the Villa Maria story. Angela Lewis looks forward to sharing with you wines from across the Villa Maria portfolio from Private Bin, Cellar Selection and Reserve wines.
Taste the wines that New Zealand is famous for like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir and discover the other wine styles from New Zealand that you may not be so familiar with like Albarino, Chardonnay and Syrah .
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. George made his first wine under the name Villa Maria in 1962 with grapes harvested from this block.
Throughout the 1960s Villa Maria was a one-man band, with George’s wife, Gail, supporting him in his venture. George made dry red and white wines, sourcing grapes from the greater Auckland regions.
In the early 1970s George started to employ staff and the company expanded rapidly.
Today, Villa Maria employs more than 250 permanent staff, grows 28 different grape varieties, and exports wine to over 60 countries worldwide.
Wines for the talk and tasting:
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gisborne Albarino
Villa Maria Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Grigio
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Chardonnay
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Noir
Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon