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.
- NZ - Marlborough
- New Zealand
Winery Tasting Notes
This Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with gooseberry, passionfruit, fresh citrus, and melon aromas. The wine is vibrant, clean and crisp, with a lingering sparkle in the mouth. The small delicate bubbles of this frizzante style wine enhance the citrus and gooseberry flavours.
Fruit for this wine was sourced from vineyards across the Marlborough region in the Wairau and Awatere valleys spanning a range of different meso-climates. Careful attention was paid to vine health and cropping levels to give the vine the best chance to optimise the season and develop strong, clean flavours.
This wine is best consumed on release while the fruit flavours are intense and fresh, A superb apéritif wine and perfect with seafood.