Event information

  • Wed

    Tasting - Villa Maria

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 - Directions 
    Entry fee: Members $10 Guests $14
    Presenter: Kirsty Warbrick and Marc Udy

    Wines for tasting:

    • 2018 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Rose
    • 2018 Villa Maria Reserve Wairua Sauvignon
    • 2018 Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Gris
    • 2016 Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay
    • 2018 Villa Maria Platinum Selection Pinot Noir
    • 2017 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Grenache
    • 2015 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Late Harvest Riesling

    From a one-man band to a global brand in 50 years

    In 1961, at just 21 years of age, George Fistonich leased five acres of land from his father in Mangere, Auckland and started off with just an acre of vines.

    George made his first wine under the name Villa Maria in 1962 with grapes harvested from this block.

    Throughout the 1960s Villa Maria was a one-man band, with George’s wife, Gail, supporting him in his venture.

    George made dry red and white wines, sourcing grapes from the greater Auckland regions.

    In the early 1970s, George started to employ staff and the company expanded rapidly.

    Today, Villa Maria employs more than 250 permanent staff, grows 28 different grape varieties, and exports wine to over 60 countries worldwide.



Wine bottle screw caps

Anne is collecting them to give to the Lions organised Kan Tabs for Kids. No food lids or beer tops, please.

Save and bring them to the next monthly meeting.

Drinking and driving

Members will be aware of the lowering of drink/drive limits from December 2014. If unsure read the Land Transport Amendment Act (no 2) 2014. We ask members to be conscious of these limits.

For those driving, water and some food are provided or think about a designated driver, taxi, uber or dial-a-driver to get you home safely.