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Vineyards

Sir George Fistonich, Founder and President, standing holding a glass of red wine, in front of a Villa Maria winery sign outside the winery

Villa Maria sources the finest grapes from New Zealand’s premium grape growing regions; Marlborough, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. Grapes are grown in company owned vineyards and by dedicated contract growers who work closely with Villa Maria’s viticultural team.

Villa Maria sources the finest grapes from
New Zealand’s premium grape growing regions

Map of New Zealand showing Villa Maria's vineyard areas and wineries

The team has representatives in each major region and a major investment in Hawkes Bay. They not only manage Villa Maria’s own vineyards and developments, but also provide a complete advisory service to its growers. The ability to select the right sites and develop and manage these vineyards to specific wine styles and quality goals has been a major factor in Villa Maria’s success.

In 1993 Villa Maria established Seddon Vineyards of Marlborough, a company in which the public could buy shares and whose aim was to develop a 42 hectare vineyard in Marlborough. Villa Maria is contracted to purchase the grapes from the vineyard at market prices. The success of this venture led to the launch of another in 1998, Terra Vitae Vineyards, which has developed two vineyard sites in Hawkes Bay and one in Marlborough. The two companies later merged under the Terra Vitae name and continue to provide Villa Maria with premium fruit.

Panorama of Marlborough, Seddon vineyard in dusk's orange glow