Villa Maria 2018 - Vintage Report
In Marlborough the record heat of summer was followed by an early and compressed vintage but quality was superior to that of 2017. It was a similar situation in Hawkes Bay, with quality benefits also provided by our new state-of-the-art winemaking facility. 2018 has been a highly successful harvest for Villa Maria and there will be something here for all our fans to enjoy!

Villa Maria 2017- Vintage Update

Villa Maria’s Head of Viticulture, Oliver Powrie, gives an overview of how vintage 2017 is shaping up in New Zealand.

Villa Maria 2017 - Vintage Report

This year’s spring brought good conditions for vine growth in New Zealand. Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Waipara saw warm weather in December to January while Marlborough, Nelson and Central Otago had some difficult conditions of high winds and unusually cool weather. Many areas saw some rain towards harvest time, which meant that quick harvesting decisions had to be made but that the fruit was harvested clean. For areas such as Hawkes Bay and Marlborough, yield was lower than usual; however, grapes were clean and healthy and the wines of 2017 are coming through very well.

Villa Maria 2016 - Vintage Report

Marlborough - Favourable spring conditions and the threat of ‘El Nino’ meant that viticulture staff were very focused on ensuring irrigation of vineyards and canopy health were optimised. However, several key rain events late in 2015 and then through the early part of 2016 ensured that water was no a limiting factor. In fact, the impact of rain was to positively influence berry weights particularly in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir with other varieties affected but to a lesser amount. So fortunately, fruit condition generally excellent and flavours very good. Sauvignon Blanc will be a highlight but there will also be some excellent Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and to a lesser extent Chardonnay. 

Villa Maria 2015 - Vintage Report

The 2015 vintage has been very memorable, with fruit quality across all regions exceptional. The cool spring in the North Island resulted in a delayed harvest, however the Marlborough harvest which got underway on March 9th was was the earliest on record.

The cool period pre-Christmas and dry weather through the summer in both the North and South islands resulted in considerably lower yields than in 2014.The upside of this is the enhanced flavours across all varieties which had all the winemakers smiling!

Villa Maria 2014 Vintage Report

During the 2014 vintage, the vineyards were blessed with beautiful conditions which resulted in perfect flowering conditions during October and November. The growing season was strong, with slightly cooler weather and some rain towards the end which has not affected quality at all. Overall, it was a bountiful harvest with excellent quality grapes; intensely flavoured and picked in pristine condition. Read the following report for more information on the 2014 vintage by region in New Zealand.

Villa Maria 2013 Vintage Report

The 2013 vintage in Hawkes Bay will go down in history as being remarkable for its perfect grape growing conditions. All varieties looked and tasted fantastic on the vine at harvest, with pristine fruit and incredible flavours. For the vineyards in Marlborough, Gisbourne and Auckland, the cool previous harvest has naturally limited the 2013 yields. Fine and dry weather from December through to harvest resulted in exceptional fruit across all varieties, which were then picked at optimum maturity.

Villa Maria 2012 Vintage Report

New Zealand's 2012 vintage has presented a unique set of challenges and highlights. Alastair Maling MW, Villa Maria's Group Winemaker, gives us his summary by region

Villa Maria 2011 Vintage Report

Every vintage has its challenges but 2011 proved to be one of the most unitque and challenging vintages we've seen in recent history.

Villa Maria 2010 Vintage Report

The 2009 winter saw average levels of rainfall for Marlborough and Waipara and bud burst was slightly early due to an unseasonably warm August. Flowering was slightly slower for the early ripeners (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris) with average to good fruit set. Yields across all varieties were more moderate than the previous year.

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