The secret to our success
We believe that the secret to Villa Maria’s success does not lie in chasing awards, but focusing on making superior quality wine that consumers can readily enjoy.
Get this right and the awards naturally follow.
Our story began in 1961 when George Fistonich started with just an acre of vines in Auckland.
Since then Villa Maria has become an icon of the New Zealand wine industry.
We're known for making bold, pioneering moves, like switching to 100% screwcap, and embedding sustainable practices in every aspect of company- from vine to wine and beyond.
A quality benchmark of New Zealand's wine industry
One of the World’s 50 Great Wine Producers by Wine Spectator Magazine (USA - 2004)
New Zealand's Most Admired Brand
Named as the Most Admired Brand from New Zealand by the renowned Drinks International Magazine, for the 6th consecutive year (2015 - 2020)
Winery of the year
New Zealand Winery of the Year - Wine Magazine (China - 2012)
Company of the Year
New Zealand Wine Company of the Year - The 2013 award marked the 13th time in 16 years - Winestate (AUS - 2013)
Top New World
New World Winery of the Year - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (USA - 2007)
Producer of the Year
New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year - International Wine & Spirit Competition (UK - 2009, 2007, 2006 & 2004)
Most Trusted Wine Brand
Selected by New Zealand consumers as Reader's Digest Most Trusted Brand in 2020 - the third time in the past five years.