Villa Maria was founded in 1961 by Sir George Fistonich, originally a few hectares of land in Auckland. Now they are among New Zealand's largest wine producers, encompassing vineyards from nearly all of the country's wine regions. Despite their size, they are still 100% family owned. At Noble Grape we are great fans of their wines: they are for us, they are benchmark examples of their type, pretty much across the board in everything they do. From the Bordeaux-beating reds from Hawkes Bay to the bright and crystalline Savs from Marlborough.