This New Zealand wine icon continues to dazzle.


If you are new to New Zealand wines, this is the historic winery to know. And if you’re already in the know, there’s a good chance this winery is a favorite. Villa Maria is New Zealand's most awarded winery for a reason.

See that picture? It's Marlborough at sunset, overlooking one of Villa Maria's stunning vineyard plots. Villa Maria Founder Sir George Fistonich started the winery with just five acres of leased land in Auckland. Fifty years later, Villa Maria is an icon, synonymous with quality New Zealand wines. And Sir George is still involved in the winery's daily operations. His past and present efforts are largely responsible for the international rise of New Zealand wines.

Villa Maria has identified the best plots  across multiple regions (Auckland, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough), showcasing New Zealand’s vast quilt of soils and terroir. I had a chance to chat with Villa Maria winemaker Kat Jankowiec about these nuances as we tasted through a set of six Villa Maria wines. The set pulls from the latest vintage. It demonstrates Villa Maria’s wide range and skill. What’s more, the set is available here at a promotional rate. Secure your six pack and watch the virtual tasting with Kat here. Read on for a review of each wine in the six pack.

Villa Maria Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 2018

Peach, melon, fresh creamy fruit tart palate of lime zest and fresh grapefruit pith, this has a hint of green herbaceousness, a floral character and a crisp finish. Very lively on the palate and refreshing.

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Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2017

Crisp, green melon and lime leaf aromas with a touch of spice. Cool fruit, notes of peach, melon, a bit of white pepper and golden berries on the finish.

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Villa Maria Taylors Pass Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2016

Punchy, herbaceous and lightly floral with pleasant fruit notes of lime and grapefruit. Creamy textured from the bright acidity, very herbaceous, this carries a lot of citrus notes on the palate, fresh peach and a clean finish.

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Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé, Hawkes Bay 2017

Light floral aromas of cherry and strawberry. This is soft and generously fruited on the palate with spicy acidity, strawberry and watermelon notes, a hefty mouthfeel and a rose petal and plum finish.

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Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2016

Fresh, ripe fruit notes of pomegranate and cherry with red currant and a bit of mineral tar. This is fresh and herbal on the palate with a pop of acidity that leaves a tingling spice and an earthy, chewy finish of tannin, red currant, plum and cherries.

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Villa Maria Taylors Pass Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2015

Deeply rich fruit aromas with a light floral note, fresh cherry and pomegranate, light earth and minerality. This has a deep and rich palate of earthy spice, bold, searing acidity and a brooding cola and medicine core, with black currant and black cherry fruit, mineral streaked earth and a surprisingly lively finish.

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