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Sourcing fruit from both the high and low altitudes of the Marlborough regions enables Villa Maria to make a Riesling that shows the attributes of both. The higher plains of the Awatere valley contribute to the pineapple nuances while the old river beds of the Wairau give the floral and citrus tones. This wine has many layers and its lively and refreshing palate lingers with an off-dry finish.
Fruit, mild cheese, salads, risotto, seafood and light chicken dishes.
In 1960, George Fistonich, the son of a Croatian immigrant, founded Villa Maria in Mangere, Auckland. Voted New Zealand's Winemaker of the Year in 1993, George is today the managing director of the Villa Maria Group, which also includes Vidal and Esk Valley Wineries, together forming the third largest wine company in New Zealand.
Winemaker Michelle Richardson has been with...Read More About Villa Maria
A few other New Zealand areas include the region of Auckland, high up on the North Island, Nelson, sitting to the west of Marlborough, and Canterbury, just under Waipara on the South Island. Most wines in New Zealand will come from a designated area and say so on the label.
Auckland was one of the first wine growing regions of the country, but now produces...Read More About Other New Zealand
The Riesling grape is happiest in a cooler climate, one that fosters its slow
and steady ripening. Often assumed to be the producer of only sweet wines, Riesling
is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this
variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity.
Most popular in...Read More About Riesling
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