Villa Maria

Brand Description

At Villa Maria, we are driven to create the very best from New Zealand and our wine is a unique expression of our land, our passion and our bold spirit, captured in a glass.

Grown sustainably in wind cooled valleys, between shifting mountains and crashing seas, and bottled in the crater of a volcano. Passionately crafted without compromise, we proudly share it with the world, to inspire, delight and to elevate the moment.

Location of Vineyard


New Zealand’s largest wine region is world-famous for its crisp, fruit-driven Sauvignon Blanc. Sheltered by high country to the west, south and parts of the east, and open to the Cook Strait in the north, Marlborough experiences bright, chilly winter months followed by long, dry summers.

An extensive glacial braided river system has deposited deep, free-draining soils across the various sub-regions, creating the perfect environment to successfully grow a wide range of grape varieties.

Hawkes Bay

The region is one of New Zealand’s oldest for grape growing and the second largest, with vineyards concentrated around the urban centers of Hastings and Napier.

Hawkes Bay offers myriad soil types and a long, dry growing season ideal for ripening a wide range of grape varietals. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the major grape varietals planted across the region.

Winemaking Philosophy

Passionately crafted without compromise, our wines are made to proudly share with the world, to inspire, delight and to elevate the moment.
The journey began 1961, when George Fistonich started with just an acre of vines in Auckland. Now an icon of the New Zealand wine industry, Villa Maria is known for bold and industry-changing moves with an emphasis on sustainable practices in every area.

Our wines are a reflection of the unique sites and regions they are grown. With lower cropped yields and parcels kept separate, all wines are made with care and attention without compromising on quality. From our drink now fruit-driven styles, to high high-end single vineyard icons, our vast range of wines suit any occasion.

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Winery Profile
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“Prominent oak spices on the nose, showing vanilla and toast with notes of ripe citrus and stone fruit. Opulent on the palate, creamy and full-bodied, very well textured, in harmony with a beautiful crisp acidity.”
— acclaim for 2020 Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay from Decanter World Wine Awards, Jun 2022
“Fantastic bouquet with piercing aromas of ripe stone fruits and gun-flint, white fleshed orchard fruits, fine new barrel scents and soft baking spice. Complex, detailed and seductive. Silky, electric, tense and tightly woven as the wine touches the palate. A pure fruit core showcasing flavours of grapefruit and stone fruits, citrus pith, lees textures and wet pebble minerality. A captivating mouthfeel with fine tannins and pristine acid line. Youthful, complex and vibrant.”
— acclaim for 2020 Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay from Decanter, Dec 2021
“Dark purple hues with an opaque appearance leading to aromas of concentration, power and finesse. Immediately captivating with scents of dark berries and brooding complexity. Iron and blackberry, crushed violets and spicy skinned plums. Toasty barrel scents suggest clove and baked vanilla pod, smoke and sweet wood moments. Compact, taut and delicious on the palate with flavours of dark berries and barrel spices, violets, stony soils and a savoury spice and tobacco edge. There’s a satin polish to the tannins, an abundance of acidity and additional flavours of bell-pepper and toasty baked goods. Lengthy, complex and very appealing. A wine that showcases everything that is exciting about Hawkes Bay.”
— acclaim for 2018 Villa Maria Ngakirikiri from Decanter, Dec 2021
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