Spend your summer tasting world-class wines right in our own backyard – Villa Maria is officially open for summer: and they're coming in hot with their newly renovated cellar door, now called Tasting Room.
As New Zealand's most-awarded vineyard, Villa Maria knew they had to elevate Kiwis experience this summer as we're somewhat "stuck" (and we say that lightly, what a beautiful country to be stuck in!) in little old Aotearoa for the foreseeable future.
The family-owned winery has transformed their cellar door experience at the Manukau Estate in South-east Auckland, creating a new flexible space to spend your time going to-and-fro from the cellar tasting room to the lush green grounds of the estate.
Along with the fabulous open-space design, Villa Maria has brought in Collective Hospitality's Executive Chef, James Wilkinson, to create an unmatched tasting menu designed to highlight and pair perfectly with any of Villa Maria's vibrant wines. James brings his overseas expertise and Michelin star experience to Villa Maria, resulting in an ethereal collection of dishes.
The new tasting menu features platters and small plates such as smoked Greenlip mussels served with kombu dressing, passionfruit, and blackcurrant (paired with the Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Sauvignon Blanc 2020) and East coast crayfish and lardo éclair with spiced bisque mayonnaise (paired with the Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Albariño 2019).
Each dish is a complementary addition to your glass of wine, as well as an entire culinary experience in itself.
Slightly closer than a ferry ride away, Villa Maria provides all the excitement and joy of any other vineyard, a step closer to home. The new space opens up the vineyard to allow for an abundance of versatile space, whether you're heading along for a special event or you're visiting for a divine catch-up over a cellar door tasting.
Friends, family, or business-casual, Villa Maria will impress any guest, creating a space to unwind, relax, educate, and allow for memories to be created.
Villa Maria's Tasting Room at the Manukau Estate is officially open 9th October.