Villa Maria Winery
Anyone who has enjoyed New Zealand wine has surely supped a glass of Villa Maria.
Nothing short of an icon, Villa Maria is a leader in innovation and quality and has been the country’s most awarded winery for over three decades.
The Villa Maria story began in Auckland, where the vineyard sits in a 20,000 year old volcanic crater; includes Hawke’s Bay, where they own a third of the exceptional Gimblett Gravels sub-region; and carries on to Marlborough, where the best grapes are picked from carefully selected sites.
Thanks to owner Sir George Fistonich’s inquisitive and persevering nature, the company has repeatedly pushed boundaries – it was the first in NZ to open a winery restaurant and the first major winery to go 100% cork free. With an eye on the future, sustainability is key to Villa Maria: “As a family company, the desire to leave something for the next generation is an ever-present and overriding business objective.”www.villamaria.co.nz