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.
Rich, verging on heavy, this barrel-fermented Gewürztraminer may be just too much of a good thing. Honeyed peach and modest spice flavors are palate-coating, then fade abruptly on the finish.
A crisp, fruit-forward red to pair with a variety of dishes, Villa Maria’s 2009 Private Bin is a mouthwatering introduction to what looks to be a top-notch Hawke’s Bay vintage. Cherry fruit and subtle baking spices combine easily on the palate, ending on a slightly dusty note.
Sweet peas and gooseberries put a subtle mark on this full, soft wine that’s only mildly herbaceous. The residual sugar is just at the threshold of perceptibility, imparting greater weight without making the wine taste sweet.
Tart tropical fruit and green-apple aromas and flavors mark this mid weight, slightly syrupy wine. It;s not fat, but has a round, full mouthfeel. Vanilla, hay and a mild earthiness show on the moderate finish.
Tropical fruit aromas feature some gooseberry and grassy notes. Melon, nectarine and passion fruit flavors also bring white pepper and a hint of bell pepper. Tangerine fruit highlights the drying finish, which is a bit chewy and full given the flavor profile and normal perceptions of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Lifted floral aromas include a hint of white pepper and green apples. Flavors are fresh and zesty, showing more mineral notes than fruit. This would be a nice match with chicken satay on the patio.
Steers clear of nasty herbal or vegetal elements in favor of clean, pure fruit and oak. Black cherries combine with toast, menthol and vanilla to offer straightforward drinking pleasure.