We are very proud to present the first vintage of "Ngakirikiri" (the gravels). From the 'once in a lifetime' Hawkes Bay Vintage of 2013, this flagship wine represents the pinnacle of our winemaking achievements and marks a milestone in Villa Maria's 54 years of history. This exclusive age worthy red wine featuring Bordeaux varietals, sets a new benchmark for quality and is positioned at the top of Villa Maria's portfolio, only to be bottled when exceptional vintages produce truely outstanding wines for consideration.
From a one-man band to a global brand in just 50 years In 1961, at just 21 years of age, George leased five acres of land from his father in Mangere, Auckland and started off with just an acre of vines. He harvested his first grapes in 1962 and made his first wine under the name Villa Maria.
Throughout the 1960s Villa Maria was a one-man band, with Georges wife, Gail, supporting him in his venture. He made dry red and white wines, sourcing grapes from the greater Auckland regions. In the early 1970s he started to employ staff and the company began to expand rapidly.
Today, Villa Maria employs more than 250 permanent staff and exports wine to over 50 countries worldwide.