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
93/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Moderately concentrated sauvignon blanc with tangy gooseberry, grapefruit, apple and capsicum flavours plus a contrasting suggestion of tropical fruit. A juicy wine with an initial hint of sweetness that is quickly balanced by assertive acidity to give a dry and refreshing finish. 27/10/2017." Drink 2017 - 2020
4.5 Stars Michael Cooper
"An authoritative wine, it is typically ripe and zingy, with impressive weight and length of flavour, and tends to be fuller in body, less herbaceous and rounder than its Clifford Bay stablemate (above). The contributing vineyards vary from vintage to vintage, but Peter and Deborah Jackson's warm, stony vineyard in the heart of the valley has long been a key source of grapes, and sometimes a small part of the blend is barrel-fermented, to enhance its complexity and texture. The 2017 vintage (4.5*) is intensely aromatic and medium-bodied, with incisive, ripely herbaceous flavours, lees-aging notes adding complexity, and a dry (3 grams/litre of residual sugar), long finish."
5 Stars and Top Sauvignon in Cuisine Tasting (2016 vintage)
"Behind some lively aromatic ‘green’ pyrotechnics (coriander, lime zest), sits a wine of substance. “There’s weight and length to the palate,” noted Ben Glover. Typically (for a Villa Reserve sauvignon), soft yet focused acidity underpins a brilliant array of flavours – lime cordial, sage, briny seashell notes, with a dab of sweetness providing extra colour. There’s bigness here, but presented in a delicate package. Try it with a salmon gravlax."
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