Villa Maria’s 60 year journey at the forefront of New Zealand’s wine industry has shaped the company as it stands today. Our extensive portfolio is one the most geographically and stylistically diverse and highly-awarded range of premium wines by any New Zealand producer, fuelling consumer adoration and success across the globe.
Throughout the 1960s Villa Maria was a one-man band. In 1961, at just 21 years of age, Sir George Fistonich leased five acres of land from his father in Mangere, Auckland and started off with just an acre of vines. The first wine under the name Villa Maria in 1962 was made with grapes harvested from this block. Today, Villa Maria is a globally recognised and adored for its bold, expressive and exceptional New Zealand wines.
Villa Maria Single Vineyard wines are a reflection of our finest sites, they embody the distinctive qualities and characteristics unique to each terroir: the particular climate, soils and terrain. Sites selected to be part of this range feature varied terroir, regional diversity and varietal expression. The uniqueness of this range makes it perfect for gifting, celebrating milestone occasions, or cellaring in wait for that perfect moment in years to come.
The Taylors Pass Vineyard is located on the northern banks of the Awatere Valley in southern Marlborough. Soils range from silt over gravels, to stony gravels, with large river stones that reflect heat back into the fruit zone consistently ripening concentrated fruit. Generally, the Awatere Valley is cool and windy, however, this single vineyard site is sheltered resulting in a very warm Meso-climate allowing grapes to easily achieve physiological ripeness in this cool climate sub-region of Marlborough.
This is a mineral-driven wine style, showcasing complex aromas of lemon rind, gun smoke and brioche that are distinctive characteristics from the Taylors Pass Vineyard. This elegant Chardonnay expresses flavour profiles of grapefruit, white peach and almond with subtle integrated oak enhancing the restrained seamless finish.