Established in 1851, Hawkes Bay is the oldest region in New Zealand and the second largest in size. Situated on the eastern coast of the North Island, the region enjoys a maritime climate tempered by hot, dry, north-westerly winds that help moderate the climate and reduce disease pressure in the area. Soils in Hawkes Bay are typically Franceee draining and of low fertility, with the best vineyard sites planted on the north-facing hillsides and river terraces. The famous sub-region of Gimblett Gravels, is delineated by the unique gravelly soils laid down by the old Ngaruroro River, which became exposed after a huge flood in the 1860's. Hawkes Bay is a region of family owned vineyards, planted primarily to red varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah, although Chardonnay is also grown in the region.
Villa Maria was founded by a young George (now Sir George) Fistonich in 1961. He has built Villa Maria from a tiny Auckland operation into one of New Zealand’s major producers and the country’s largest, wholly family-owned winery. Villa Maria opened a winery in Marlborough in 2000, and remains an international leader in the Sauvignon Blanc market. It has interests in most of the major New Zealand wine regions and is still headquartered in Auckland, with a new winery and ‘vineyard park’ opened in 2005. Wines are produced at four quality levels and commonly offer exceptional value for money. All Villa Maria wines have been bottled under screwcap since 2001.
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