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
Winemaker notes of current 2017 vintage
"Intense fresh cut white pear, complexed with cinnamon spice and floral notes dominate the aromatics, intermingling with a core of yellow stone fruit flavours. This off-dry wine has a finely textured palate, displaying underlying purity and power. A balanced level of acidity combined with concentrated fruit, creates excellent palate length and a lingering finish. Drink now and up to five years from vintage." Drink 2017 - 2022
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 vintage)
"One of the country's top Pinot Gris, this Awatere Valley wine is typically sturdy, beautifully scented and intense. Hand-picked and fermented in tanks (75 per cent) and seasoned French oak barriques (25 per cent), the 2016 vintage (5*) is a fleshy, dryish style (7 grams/litre of residual sugar), floral and luscious, soft and ripe, with vibrant, rich stone-fruit flavours, gentle acidity and a long, finely textured finish."
95/100 Bob Campbell (2015 vintage)
"Crisp, dry Pinot Gris with pear, quince, stewed apple and cloves plus a suggestion of yeasty brioche. Seamless wine with a pleasantly grainy texture. Sophisticated Pinot Gris with moderate intensity."
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