Cuisine Wine

Villa Maria Estate

You walk under a vine-covered pergola and past a tranquil water feature to reach the aesthetically pleasing Marlborough outpost of New Zealand’s most awarded winery. There’s a huge range of wines available to sample and buy at this cellar door, but the friendly staff are enthusiastic about guiding you.

Things To Know
There are a number of wines available for sale at the cellar door that you will not find anywhere else in the country. Of particular interest is the R&D series – a range of special, small-parcel wines produced to show the extensive ability of Marlborough. An oak-aged 2007 sauvignon blanc is just one of the rarities you can purchase here.

Our Picks
It isn’t hard to see why the Taylors Pass Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are consistent award-winners – the 2012 chardonnay topped Cuisine’s 2014 NZ chardonnay tasting. Both are layered, textural, delicious wines with exceptional concentrated fruit flavours.