Over 500 guests joined Villa Maria Estate founder and owner, Sir George Fistonich, in Auckland last week to celebrate Villa Maria's 50th vintage. Guests included New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, and Members of Parliament, media personalities, business leaders and representatives from major New Zealand and international wineries and industry groups.
"It is immensely satisfying to stand here fifty years after planting the first vines in Mangere. I'd like to thank everyone who has been part of this truly remarkable journey. Villa Maria's story is also the story of New Zealand's transformation into a nation of wine drinkers and leading global wine exporters" said Sir George.
Sir George established Villa Maria with a single acre of vines in 1961. Over the next five decades, the company has remained at the forefront of innovation in winemaking. From introducing the tiered system for wine quality and price to introducing screw caps, Villa Maria has continually spearheaded changes that have shaped the entire industry.
By continuing to experiment with new varieties and keeping their finger on the pulse of innovation, Villa Maria is set to retain its position as one of New Zealand's most iconic wineries for at least the next 50 years.