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No great wine ever came from a spreadsheet.

Winemaking is an art, not a numbers game and our winemakers and viticulturists understand this. They pick our grapes based on flavour and ripeness, not on achieving a certain yield. It’s a luxury we have from being family-owned which means everything we do is for the good of what’s in the glass. For us it’s simple: our wine is far more important than how many zeros are on our balance sheet. So open a bottle of Villa Maria and experience what passion and dedication taste like. 


Full-bodied, with distinct undertones of independence.

When you’re independent, you get to decide your own path and follow your dreams. This is what fuels us on our journey to constantly discover amazing. We can experiment with new varietals, try new winemaking techniques, leave the grapes on the vines until they reach peak ripeness for full flavour and choose only what is good enough to share with our family and friends. See for yourself, next time you open a bottle of Villa Maria. 


They said it had to be cork. We said screw it. 

Significant change takes vision. Nerves of steel. You have to be prepared to believe in yourself and your team. That’s what our founder and owner George Fistonich did when he decided to go with a screw cap instead of sticking with tradition and using cork. One man stood strong because he knew it was the best way to protect our beloved wines from cork taint. And as it turned out, George was right. Our awards history is testament to that. But don’t take our word for it. Unscrew a bottle of Villa Maria and decide for yourself. 


We put trust in our makers. 

Our winemakers and viticulturists are why we are #1 in New Zealand and fourth Most Admired Wine Brand* in the world. Their intuition and commitment to their craft has created wines that people love to drink. We don’t ever want to lose that so we give them the room to do what they do best. It’s a luxury that comes from being family-owned. And for us, that means always putting quality first. Next time you open a bottle of Villa Maria you’ll be opening a world of uncompromising dedication and a little touch of faith.

*Drinks International's 'The World's Most Admired Wine Brands' 2017 survey.


Open Another World

Truly exceptional wine made by passionate people encapsulates the Villa Maria story. From the early ambitions and inquisitive nature of owner Sir George Fistonich when he began in 1961 to the way our people fervently make our premium New Zealand wine today, we’ve always been in pursuit of creating something special. We’re proud to have remained entirely New Zealand and family owned and that makes us distinctive, because the beautiful wine regions of New Zealand are our stomping ground and we know them like the back of our hand. Our kiwi ingenuity makes our wine shine and pushing the boundaries has seen Villa Maria emerge as one of the most iconic and admired New Zealand wineries. With a single sip, open our world.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Villa Maria Named New Zealand’s Most Admired Wine Brand by Drinks International for 3rd Year in a Row

For the third year in a row Villa Maria has been named one of the most admired wine brands in the world. It is the only...



Upcoming events

Sunday, 27 January 2019 4:00 p.m.

Vine Days with Craig David, All Saints, Aaradhna & Opensouls

This January, Villa Maria will be the venue for the very first New Zealand Vine Days. Leading the charge for Vine Days 2019 is English superstar Craig David, accompanied by his full live band. English-Canadian girl group All Saints will make their New Zealand debut along with New Zealand RNB royalty Aaradhna and a rare appearance by local jazz and funk infused super group Opensouls. Find out more »»

Saturday, 2 February 2019 4:00 p.m.

Sugar Man Rodriguez

The acclaimed Sugar Man, Rodriguez, is returning to NZ to play at Villa Maria Estate this February!
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