A Villa Maria Pop Up!

Join us for a Villa Maria tasting in store on September 15 when we will be joined by Angela Lewis who is their Market Executive for the UK & Ireland.  

Angela has spent an impressive 30 plus years working for Villa Maria and Vidal  wines alongside founder Sir George Fistonich. During this time she has watched the company grow into one of the world’s most admired wine brands.

Angela’s first role with Villa Maria was as a sales representative, however her journey with the company has also seen her working in sales management, marketing, corporate relationships and sponsorship and she has recently relocated to the UK where she is proud to share her passion for Villa Maria wines.  This is a fantastic opportunity to taste some great wines but also to find out all there is to know from someone who has been totally immersed in the vineyard for a number of years.

In the world of wine Villa Maria is a global success story going from a one-man band to a global brand in just 50 years.  In 1961, at just 21 years of age, George leased five acres of land from his father in Mangere, Auckland and started off with just an acre of vines. He harvested his first grapes in 1962 and made his first wine under the name Villa Maria.

Throughout the 1960s Villa Maria was a one-man band, with George’s wife, Gail, supporting him in his venture. He made dry red and white wines, sourcing grapes from the greater Auckland regions. In the early 1970s he started to employ staff and the company began to expand rapidly.

Today, Villa Maria employs more than 250 permanent staff and exports wine to over 50 countries worldwide.

We look forward to welcoming you to the next of our Pop-Ups when the focus will be all about Villa Maria!