The New Zealand owned winery is very pleased to announce that it has purchased a 41 hectare property in the highly sought-after Gimblett Gravels sub-region in Hawkes Bay. The property contains vineyard and a portion of bare land which helps to secure Villa Maria's grape supply from this finite region. The purchase cements Villa Maria's position as the largest landholder in the Gimblett Gravels with ownership of a third of the official 'Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing district'.
Formerly owned and managed by Pask Winery, the vineyard has in the past supplied grapes for Villa Maria
wines that were surplus to Pask Winery's requirements.
Villa Maria Owner and Founder Sir George Fistonich said opportunities like this don't come along very often: "There is fierce competition to purchase more vineyards in this very limited premium wine area. We're seeing strong growth in demand for red wines particularly in Asia, so securing our grape supply is crucial to meeting our customer requirements. The Gimblett Gravels is a very unique area renowned for making some of the country's best wines,"
Covering 800ha, the Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District is an appellation defined by soil type, producing some of the world's finest full bodied red wines. Wine critic James Halliday has described the site as "Not just a very special parcel, it is a sacred site".