The fruit for this wine was grown in the Marlborough, Gisborne and Waipara winegrowing regions. Vineyards across these regions offer a diversity of soil types ranging from free draining gravelly soils to silty clay, contributing to the complexity of aromatics and flavour in the finished wine. To ensure excellent intensity of flavour and ripeness levels, low yields are maintained with sufficient fruit exposure. .
From a one-man band to a global brand in just 50 years
In 1961, at just 21 years of age, George 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.