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.
Fans of New Zealand’s SBs will like this wine’s racy nose, which is packed with minerals, some stoniness, melon, and a hint of grassiness. Citrus is in full force in the mouth, aided by a touch of green herbs and a white-pepper spice. The finish is elegant and offers hints of grapefruit. It’s a youthful, fresh wine; one that will go well with salads or fish.
Villa’s top Sauvignon delivers the goods in 2003, offering up rich and creamy tropical fruit flavors offset by hints of green pepper. Finishes long and tangy. Only 200 six-bottle cases imported.
The first SB of the new vintage to cross our tasting table, and hopefully a sign of good things to come, with bold gooseberry aromas and hints of melon, peach and sweat. Medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and a long, spicy finish. Drink now.
Wonderfully forward and fruity, this is simply a delight to taste. Apple and lime aromas are rounded out by just a hint of peach, while the flavors of ripe peaches and apples are kept focused by stabs of citrus. Medium-bodied, with a touch of sweetness to balance the crisp acids, this would make a great apéritif.
From a relatively young vineyard in Hawkes Bay, this is a round, fruit-filled Chardonnay framed by toasty, mealy flavors from barrel fermentation and lees stirring. Orange, melon and apricot fruit are just slightly buttery, with a touch of warmth on the finish.
VM’s Clifford Bay bottling almost always has a pronounced herbal-vegetal streak running through it, and the 2008 is no exception. The bell-pepper note is balanced by melon and fig in this medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc. Crisp and assertive on the finish.
The lifted nose of herbs and tea gives an extra shot of complexity to this concentrated wine. Intense cherry and cassis fruit ends in a long finish that blends drying tannins with mouthwatering acids. Best from 2014–2020.