Villa Maria

Marlborough

Villa Maria Estate is New Zealand’s most awarded winery and 2012 marked 50 years since the first vintage of Villa Maria wine was bottled by founder and owner Sir George Fistonich.

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. - Extract from Villa Maria's website

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