In 1961, Croatian native George Fistonich founded the New Zealand winery Villa Maria. George and his Villa Maria wines won their first award at the Easter Show in 1963. Today, Villa Maria vineyards are located in Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Auckland with over a dozen different grape varieties planted. While Villa Maria exports their numerous styles of wine to over 50 different countries, it is still their Sauvignon Blanc that remains the most popular with the consumer and the most revered according to our Villa Maria ratings. There are two Villa Maria Winery locations, the original which is located in Auckland and the newer Marlborough winery which opened in 2000. The purpose of constructing this facility was to handle the increasing quantity of grapes sourced from Marlborough, New Zealand’s premium grape growing region. Our Villa Maria reviews reveal the four different lines of Villa Maria wine which are their Single Vineyard, Reserve, Cellar Selection and Private Bin labels. For more information on one of the largest and most popular wineries in New Zealand, check out our Villa Maria Online Buying Guide below.
Opens with a powerful explosion of lime, grass, gooseberry and apple aromas. In the mouth, it shows the fantastic concentration and extraction of an atom bomb, yet it’s balanced, complex and harmonious. It’s quite dry, with extraordinarily high acidity.
Villa Maria’s single-vineyard wines are usuallly incredibly expressive, and this flashy Chardonnay from Hawke’s Bay is no exception. Bold nectarine and citrus notes are skillfully framed by toasty oak. There’s a woody wallop here, but also plenty of fruit, and rather than being heavy, it finishes long and fresh. Delicious now, so there’s no need to defer gratification.
This is a wonderfully expressive NZ SAuvignon Blanc, oozing with tropical fruit, but with greenish overtones of fresh herbs and tomato leaves. Bold passion fruit rules the nose, with the herbal notes providing balance. Medium- to full-bodied, with a long finish, this should drink well over the next year or so.
This is supremely perfumed, almost pungent in its intensity, with plenty of presence on the palate and bold flavors of peach, pineapple and complex layers of herbaceousness. Despite its power and weight, it remains surprisingly elegant on the long finish.
A big and bold Sauvignon Blanc, packed with flavors of mango, nectarine and fresh herbs that come together beautifully on the nose and palate. Long on the finish. Drink now through mid-2011.
This terrific Sauvignon Blanc is marked by slightly pungent notes of green tomato or crushed tomato leaf, seamlessly married to smooth, ripe, tropical fruit. It’s a bit creamy in texture, almost lush, with a long, mouthcoating finish.
This Villa Maria Chardonnay starts off with toasted custardy richness on the nose, hints of vanilla and relatively restrained fruit, then reveals its intensity on the palate, where flavors of vanilla, pineapple, citrus and smoke swirl together. Despite the richness, it’s tightly structured, with a long, textured yet bright finish. Drink now–2018.
Nearly always one of New Zealand’s top Sauvignons, this wine makes a big, bold statement. Aromas are herbal and leafy, with undertones of tomato and nettles, but buffered by gooseberries and minerality. It’s rich and weighty on the palate, with a creamy texture that brings ripe stone fruit flavors to the fore. Long and mouthcoating on the finish.