George Fistonich and the Villa Maria Story
One of New Zealand’s most visionary winemakers celebrates his 50th vintage with his personal story.
The Winemaker, which was published in October 2012 to coincide with our 50th vintage celebrations, is the inspiring story of George Fistonich and Villa Maria.
The book is the portrait of a determined, savvy and visionary man, whose life in wine also tracks the history of the modern New Zealand wine industry.
A special edition hard copy of The Winemaker is available in our online shop and Auckland and Marlborough Cellar Doors. The hard copy version is a limited edition.
Hard cover, 320 pages
The Winemaker: George Fistonich and the Villa Maria Story was awarded third place in the Drinks History category of the prestigious Gourmand World Awards for Wine and Drinks Books (part of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards).
The awards were presented at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris in February 2013 with finalists from all over the world converging on the city world-renowned for its fine food and wine.
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.
It’s hard to credit now, looking at the multitude of New Zealand and international awards, the export success and the personal awards for Sir George Fistonich, that Villa Maria had the humblest of beginnings in a small outbuilding behind the Fistonich family property in Mangere, Auckland.
Taking over the lease of five acres from his father at the age of twenty-one, George started off with just an acre of vines in 1961, marking the founding of Villa Maria Estate. It is thanks to George’s innovative drive and relentless pursuit of premium quality that this 100% New Zealand and family owned business is now recognised as a global player in the wine industry.
The Winemaker is the portrait of a determined, savvy and visionary man, whose life in wine also tracks the history of the modern New Zealand wine industry. It’s of interest to wine lovers and entrepreneurs, and to all who want to know the secrets of George Fistonich’s leadership and business success.