Sir George Fistonich celebrates his 50th vintage with book release
Coinciding with his 50th vintage celebrations, one of New Zealand’s most determined and resilient visionaries, Sir George Fistonich, releases his personal story, The Winemaker: George Fistonich and the Villa Maria story.
Marlborough, Hawkes Bay, Auckland …. In these three major wine regions the impact of Villa Maria is impossible to miss. From the state-of-the-art wineries in Auckland and Marlborough, to vineyards and wineries in Hawkes Bay, Villa Maria’s founder and owner Sir George Fistonich has remarkably stamped his mark on New Zealand’s wine landscape over the last fifty years.
In The Winemaker, author Kerry Tyack traces the arc of Fistonich’s life, from his hardworking Mangere childhood to his self-taught marketing audacity, from having to save his beloved business from receivership to taking big bets on the future.
It is an inspiring story of a passionate man and an impressive company, one that produces some of this country’s very best wines. Sir George is the first-ever New Zealand wine-industry knight, a former New Zealander of the Year, New Zealand Wine Personality of the Year and Ernst & Young New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year, and in his early seventies he is showing no sign of slowing down.
The Winemaker is of interest to wine lovers and entrepreneurs, and to all who want to know the secrets of George Fistonich’s leadership and business success.
The book will be released on the 5th of October and is available as a full-colour Trade Paperback (RRP $45.00) nationwide and can also be purchased as a special hard copy edition (RRP $49.95) from Villa Maria’s online shop and Villa Maria’s Cellar Doors.