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New Zealand Wine Day, Sir George Fistonich of Villa Maria Estate and Wine TV

Jessica Altieri on January 11, 2011 - 4:38 pm in Featured Video, NZ Wine Day, Sauvignon Blanc, Wine Events, Wine Varietal Reviews, WineChannelTV
The Complexity New Zealand Wine Day is drawing near, and one winery that has been a pioneer in the New Zealand Wine Industry, Villa Maria Estate, will be an integral part of it! Alastair Maling, Master of Wine and Group Wine Director for Villa Maria Estate, will be joining us for New Zealand Wine Day on February 5th.

The winery was founded in 1961 by Sir George Fistonich, who is still the sole owner and Managing Director.  Sir George has revolutionized the NZ wine industry, helping launch New Zealand’s first vineyard bar and restaurant, the two-tier structure for labelling their wines,  and in 2005 he was named New Zealand’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

In 2009 Sir George received his greatest honour yet – a knighthood for his services to the New Zealand wine industry.
Sir george is one of the first early pioneers in the New Zealand wine industry and this has  led Villa Maria to become New Zealand’s most awarded winery.
A Few awards they’ve earned include:
-Named one of the World’s 50 Great Wine Producers (by Wine Spectator 2004)
-New World Winery of the Year for 2007 (by Wine Enthusiast)
-Twice named New Zealand Wine Company of the Year
Most recently Villa Maria was named the ONLY New Zealand wine in a list of top 100 wines by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Villa Maria is located on the north-east coast of the South Island in Marlborough enjoying sunny days, cooler nights and a long growing season making it ideal for Sauvignon blanc .
The Private Reserve Bin Sauvignon Blanc has bright crisp grassy aromas with notes of gooseberry, passionfruit and fresh citrus lime; followed by a delicious palate of juicy citrus flavors finishing with a refreshing crisp, clean acidity.
The wine would be a great pairing for a crisp green salad with grilled shrimp and tomatoes.
We are looking forward to New Zealand Wine Day and having Villa Maria Estates, Alastair Maling and their many outstanding wines join us!
Watch here on WineChannelTV and mark Feb. 5th on your calendars!

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  • January 20, 2011

    This is one of the best valued wines coming from New Zealand. Try Villa Marias Pinot Noir and Riesling!

  • January 31, 2011

    Looking forward to tasting more of NZ on Saturday! Had a killer SB from The Crossings last week, can’t wait to see what’s in store.

    – Sam from