Famous for surfing, seafood and sun, Gisborne produces wonderfully ripe and flavour-filled wines and is unofficially named the ‘Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand’.
Remote and dramatic
Sheltered by high country to the west, south and parts of the east, and open to the Cook Strait in the north, Marlborough experiences bright, chilly winter months followed by long, dry summers.
Marlborough is New Zealand’s sunniest region with 2,435 hours of sunshine. The summer daytime air temperatures range from 20°C to 26°C, with winter daytime air temperatures ra
Grape varietals that grow successfully in Gisborne need plenty of sunshine and ripen early on in the autumn period. Chardonnay is the most dominant variety, making up the majority of Villa Maria Estate plantings. We also produce excellent aromatic Arneis and Gewürztraminer wines using Gisborne grapes.
Home to expansive fertile plains framed by forested hills on one side.
THIS IS GISBORNE
Our Single Vineyard
McDiarmid Hill Chardonnay
Capturing the qualities of a spectacular vineyard, McDiarmid Hill offers ripe tropical fruit aromas, fig and smoky grilled nut notes. The palate is lavishly textured, leading to a long finish extended by fine acidity. This bold, concentrated wine retains a balance that will appeal for immediate enjoyment but will also benefit from maturation.