2019 Villa Maria First Sip of Summer Tweetup
Kia ora! Join me for the 2019 Villa Maria First Sip of Summer Tweetup on June 12th at 5pm Pacific time.
With the official start to summer just around the corner many winelovers are swapping their reds for whites. I think of summer as the season of sunshine, swimsuits, and Sauvignon Blanc.
(Unless you live in San Francisco where summer is filled with fog as far as the eye can see. But, you still switch to SB because you want to partake in all the summer fun like everyone else. Plus, can you think of a better way to warm up than with a great bottle of vino? :))
Nothing says refreshing like Villa Maria’s fun and affordable line up of white, rosé, and red wines. So beat the heat and tweet with me and fellow wine industry insiders as we welcome the summer season with the 2019 Villa Maria First Sip of Summer Tweet-up #FirstSipNZ .
The exclusive summer Tweet-up virtual tasting experience will be hosted by Villa Maria winemakers Helen Morrison and Kat Jankowiec. Learn about wine from these wine pros as your guides, taste Villa Maria’s outstanding wines and virtually travel throughout New Zealand where the wines are produced.
We’ll kick off our tasting with the staple of the season the 2018 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, from Marlborough. This refreshing white combines the cool Awatere Valley with the warmer Wairau Valley all in one superb sip.
Then it’s time to taste the mouth-watering Merlot-based, 2018 Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé, from Hawkes Bay. You will rethink the pink with this blush perfect for any picnic, party, or seaside sipping. Go ahead and jump the gun, grab a bottle to celebrate with on National Rosé Day (June 8, 2019).
Then it’s back to Marlborough for the 2015 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir that is made to match with just about anything you can throw on the barbie. All of your favorite summer grilling recipes will be good to go with this beautiful bottle.
Get to Know Villa Maria
In 2019, Drinks International named Villa Maria the most admired wine brand in New Zealand for the fifth consecutive year. Villa Maria is New Zealand’s most awarded winery with more than 50 years since the first vintage of Villa Maria wine was bottled by founder and owner Sir George Fistonich.
“It’s an absolute honor for Villa Maria to be named as the third most admired wine brand in the world and we are delighted to be held in such high esteem on the international stage.
New Zealand is a relatively young winemaking nation and to be in the top three wine brands in the world is immensely powerful for New Zealand wine and the New Zealand export sector. I’m very excited about the future of our whole industry,” – Sir George Fistonich
Each wine is crafted in the unique, fruit-driven style of New Zealand, showcasing the very best of the country’s distinct wine regions. Villa Maria sources grapes from New Zealand’s premium grape growing regions, including Marlborough and Hawkes Bay, and produces wines in state-of-the-art winemaking facilities in Auckland, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough.
In 1961 and at only 21 years-old, Sir George Fistonich founded the winery and it’s still family owned to this day. Today, Villa Maria employs more than 250 permanent staff and exports wine to more than 60 countries worldwide. The company has two state-of-the-art winery facilities—one in Auckland (North Island) and one in Marlborough (South Island).
“Great wine starts with exceptional vineyards and exceptional people. If you have these foundations, you have the best chance of making the finest wines.” – Sir George Fistonich
As an icon and pioneer of the industry, Villa Maria is known for its bold and innovative changes such as moving to 100 percent screw cap in early 2000 through to the emphasis on sustainable practices in every area of the company.
More Accolades for the Award-Wining Villa Maria Winery
- Named one of the World’s 50 Great Wine Producers (Wine Spectator)
- Twice named as New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year (International Wine & Spirits Challenge UK)
- George Fistonich named as one of the most prominent figures in the wine industry (Wine International Magazine UK)
- George Fistonich awarded the title of Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merits, for his commitment to winemaking.
- New World Winery of the Year (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)
What’s in a Name?
Maria, a Croatian name, had a very international sound to it at a time when New Zealand had a very small population. It seemed quite romantic. Villa is a common expression for a house—and so Villa Maria was named.
New Zealand Fun Fact
Kia ora is a warm and welcoming greeting you’ll hear throughout New Zealand and comes from the indigenous Māori language, te reo. In its simplest form, kia ora means hello.
2019 Villa Maria First Sip of Summer Tweetup Details
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | 5:00 PM Pacific / 8:00 PM Eastern
Hashtags: #FirstSipNZ #OpenAnotherWorld #VillaMaria
Wine Locator: Find Villa Maria wines at a retailer near you at www.findusawine.com/vnz
Key Twitter Handles
Villa Maria’s official Twitter page: @VillaMaria_Wine
Helen Morrison, Senior Marlborough Winemaker at Villa Maria: @Helen_Wine
Kat Jankowiec, Marlborough Winemaker at Villa Maria: @Kat_Halbtrocken
Janet Fouts, Tweet-up moderator & social media maven: @JFouts
Monique Soltani, Wine Oh TV Executive Producer & Host: @WineOhTV
Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2018 ($14)
This wine showcases everything fresh and vibrant about Marlborough. Initially, the classic Awatere Valley aromas jump out of the glass, such as lemongrass, jalapeño peppers and fresh herbs. In contrast, the warmer Wairau Valley contributes the ripe citrus and tropical fruit flavors. A superb aperitif and perfect with fresh seafood.
Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé, Hawkes Bay 2018 ($15)
This Rosé has a lovely salmon pink color and displays bright floral aromas with flavors of strawberry, red fruits and spice, leading to a generous mouthfeel with a deliciously dry finish. Best served chilled and enjoyed on warm summer days with fresh alfresco fare. Particularly suited to smoked salmon and seafood.
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2015 ($26)
This Pinot Noir has subtle aromatics of dried herbs such as thyme and rosemary intermingled with red cherries and cranberries. On the palate smoky, toasty oak frames the juicy red fruits finishing with a fine line of acidity and velvety tannins.
You can learn more about Villa Maria and these wines at www.villamariawines.com
**This post is sponsored by Villa Maria