Description/ Tasting NotesBursting with aromas of passion fruit, kaffir lime and gooseberry.
Winery Info/ Brand
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 wine, 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 exports wine to over 50 countries worldwide.
Region Info/ Origin
Marlborough has 20 percent of New Zealand's coastline, woven through the beautiful Marlborough sound, and nearly 80 percent of its wine regions stretched across the valleys. At Marlborough, the producing region has been a source offering the most comprehensive array of fine wine choices from red and white to sparkling wine for both wine sommerlier and aficionados. Marlborough is also popular for climbing to view awe-inspiring and breathtaking mountains, plunging into the aquifer fed rivers in pure sparkling water or devouring some of the best gourmet produce in the country, have been a luxury to the locals, tourists as well as visitors alike.