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.
What The Critics Say
96/100 Bob Campbell MW (recent review)
"A late-release wine from a stellar vintage. I awarded 96 points four years ago. Time has been kind to it (as predicted). Silken-textured syrah that's still reasonably fresh with some savoury bottle-aged characters just beginning to emerge. A beautifully-layered wine that begs to be savoured 28 JAN 2020." Drink 2020 - 2026
96/100 Bob Campbell MW (review from 2016)
"Dense, elegant and peppery syrah that is slightly edgier than the more opulent 2013 vintage (tasted alongside). Black pepper, violet, liquorice, anise, cedar, wood smoke and dark berry flavours. A long-distance runner that can be enjoyed now (but better later) 16 APR 2016." Drink 2016 - 2030
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