Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc
Sourced from vineyards across the Marlborough region,
this intense Sauvignon Blanc is alive with a myriad of flavours dominated by
gooseberry, passionfruit, fresh citrus and herbaceous aromas.
Our Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc showcases everything
fresh and vibrant about Marlborough. Initially, the classic Awatere aromas jump
out of the glass, such as lemongrass, jalapeño peppers and fresh herbs.
The cool climate in the Awatere Valley is influenced by Mt Tapuae-o-uenuku and
the cool alpine winds and fresh sea breezes protect the natural acidity in this
wine. In contrast, the Wairau Valley has warmer summer months, with dry
nor-westerly winds influencing vineyards to produce a pungent Sauvignon Blanc
with ripe citrus and tropical fruit flavours.
In 1961, at just 21 years of age, George Fistonich leased
five acres of land from his father in Mangere, Auckland and started off with
just an acre of vines.
George made his first wine under the name Villa Maria in
1962 with grapes harvested from this block.
Throughout the 1960s Villa Maria was a one-man band, with
George’s wife, Gail, supporting him in his venture.
George made dry red and white wines, sourcing grapes from
the greater Auckland regions.
In the early 1970s George started to employ staff and the
company expanded rapidly.
Today, Villa Maria employs more than 250 permanent staff,
grows 28 different grape varieties, and exports wine to over 60 countries