Villa Maria was established in 1961. In just 50 years it is recognized as an icon in the New Zealand wine industry. Truly exceptional wine made by passionate people encapsulates Villa Maria’s success story.
One of the original Marlborough vineyards, Isabel Estate planted vines back in the early ’80s, which makes it pioneers in the region.
Isabel Estate stays true to its roots by creating wines that are 100 percent grown and bottled within the boundaries of its estate. This is a distinguished way of respecting the vineyard’s unique climate, terroir, where the grapes grow to express the distinctive characters of each block and variety in the final wine.
The wine-maker Blair Walter continues to produce a very Burgundian style of Pinot Noir that prioritizes elegance and finesse over power and concentration. Although their Pinot Noirs hog the limelight (deservedly so), their excellent Chardonnay and Rieslings are unique.
Ata Rangi, meaning “new beginning”, It was founded in 1980 by pioneering wine-maker Clive Paton when he planted his vines on a free-draining gravel terrace just outside Martinborough village (using]) cuttings supposedly from none other than DRC.