Villa Maria Estate is one of New Zealand’s largest and most celebrated family owned wineries. Owned by George Fistonich’s and based in Auckland, Villa Maria Estate boasts two ‘state of the art’ wineries.
The largest is Villa Maria’s new Auckland winery and Vineyard Park, which was officially opened in February 2005. It replaced Villa Maria’s original winery, built in 1969 on the site of its founder’s home in Mangere. The new Auckland winery crushes grapes harvested from the Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay regions.
A second ‘state of the art’ winery located in Marlborough, processes Villa Maria’s Marlborough harvest. Villa Maria Estate has been New Zealand’s leading wine award winner, both nationally and internationally, since the early 1980’s.
Some of Villa Maria’s many recent achievements include being named as the fourth most admired wine brand in the world and No.1 in New Zealand by Drinks International 2017. This was the third time in the last three years they have made the top 10 list. Notably, Winestate Magazine awarded them NZ Winery of the Year in 2016 which marked the 15th time in 19 years they received this accolade.