Villa Maria Estate Marlborough Winery

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Rantin rover
By Rantin rover
Slow boat to China (or UK)
Mar 2020
This was a return visit for us after many years - it's my wife's favourite wine. There was no change to the layout of the cellar door which is fairly functional - a smallish room with a bar counter for two or three staff and lots of bottles and merchandise on display. We experienced the services of both the counter staff on duty that day, who swopped around midway to enable one to cover a small group who had arrived. They were helpful with their explanations of the wines and friendly. The tastings included seven wines - Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir Rose, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merolt/Cab and a desert wine. As I was driving I had a sip of each although my wife was able to enjoy the experience more! We decided to order wine for delivery back to the UK. A dozen bottles which included two each of five of those tasted and a couple of bottles of Reserve Clifford Bay which is not commonly seen back home. During the placing of this order amounting to $659 (including shipping of $125) we were asked to step back from the counter whilst it was completed to allow others who had arrived to move forward to get tastings. I was able to step forward at an appropriate moment and squeeze back in to confirm the details and enter my PIN for the card transaction. I felt that all that was missing was the call for "next please!" Whilst a bit off-hand, what was more disappointing than this was, despite the indication that the wine would take up to 6 weeks to get delivered to the UK, it has only just turned up recently on 28 July, over 19 weeks later. The Covid-19 lockdown has been experienced in the interim of course which partially explains matters albeit freight has continued throughout I'm sure. At one point we thought our own delay in getting home may have resulted in the wine making it back before us (our neighbours were happy to be on standby to receive it in our absence). However we hadn't allowed for it going by a very slow boat and our neighbours services were never required much to their disappointment. We got home on 19 April, three weeks later than expected. On reflection placing the order on Friday 13th was maybe chancing our luck. Nice enough visit but the slow delivery of wine ordered took a shine off things and had us worried at one stage. The wine when opened may compensate!

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Adventure21205326165
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Villa Maria is worth the visit and wine tasting. It would have been nice if a little more was on offer, a space to sit down and relax and enjoy a lunch would have been great. Friendly staff, with a whole lot to share on the history and wine.
Written 16 October 2020
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,443 contributions
This was a return visit for us after many years - it's my wife's favourite wine.

There was no change to the layout of the cellar door which is fairly functional - a smallish room with a bar counter for two or three staff and lots of bottles and merchandise on display. We experienced the services of both the counter staff on duty that day, who swopped around midway to enable one to cover a small group who had arrived. They were helpful with their explanations of the wines and friendly.

The tastings included seven wines - Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir Rose, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merolt/Cab and a desert wine. As I was driving I had a sip of each although my wife was able to enjoy the experience more!

We decided to order wine for delivery back to the UK. A dozen bottles which included two each of five of those tasted and a couple of bottles of Reserve Clifford Bay which is not commonly seen back home.

During the placing of this order amounting to $659 (including shipping of $125) we were asked to step back from the counter whilst it was completed to allow others who had arrived to move forward to get tastings. I was able to step forward at an appropriate moment and squeeze back in to confirm the details and enter my PIN for the card transaction. I felt that all that was missing was the call for "next please!"

Whilst a bit off-hand, what was more disappointing than this was, despite the indication that the wine would take up to 6 weeks to get delivered to the UK, it has only just turned up recently on 28 July, over 19 weeks later.

The Covid-19 lockdown has been experienced in the interim of course which partially explains matters albeit freight has continued throughout I'm sure. At one point we thought our own delay in getting home may have resulted in the wine making it back before us (our neighbours were happy to be on standby to receive it in our absence). However we hadn't allowed for it going by a very slow boat and our neighbours services were never required much to their disappointment. We got home on 19 April, three weeks later than expected.

On reflection placing the order on Friday 13th was maybe chancing our luck.

Nice enough visit but the slow delivery of wine ordered took a shine off things and had us worried at one stage. The wine when opened may compensate!
Written 7 August 2020
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HelenMN
Berkhamsted, UK55 contributions
We really enjoyed the free tasting here with a really good range of up to 7 wines; our host Siobhan was very welcoming - she’s very knowledgeable and great fun too making the whole experience relaxed and all the more enjoyable.
Would highly recommend a visit!
Written 24 February 2020
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Ekta
Dunedin, New Zealand784 contributions
Couples
It’s free to taste wine here!! Need I say more??! True wine is good! I’m not gonna lie I did enjoy the wine here so I do recommend a visit here if you’re in town!
Written 10 February 2020
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Jimmy R
31 contributions
Business
Villa Maria, one of the larger wineries to visit and one of the best , such a diverse range of wines, a must to visit. Host Adam is a real show stealer, incredibly knowledgeable and oh so funny, a credit to the industry
Written 8 February 2020
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homeagain255103
Perth, Australia45 contributions
Couples
Enjoyed the wine tasting experience greatly. Attendant knew their product and local knowledge extremely well! Best cheers to the Marlborough wine growers and their teams. A quality product that was worth the long journey to NZ. Highly recommend this cellar door! We eagerly await our order.
Written 22 January 2020
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Graham B
Bristol, UK4 contributions
Great wine tasting, six wines sampled all complimentary, and with knowledgeable and welcoming staff. No catering here, just good wines lovingly presented.
Written 13 January 2020
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Adam P
Trowbridge, UK4,621 contributions
Couples
The nice server gave us some nice history about the place... eg the owner George from Croatia founded the company and was knighted for services to wine, the company have used screw tops for 30 years (hence no bottles become corked) and she only normally serves 20 people a day. The tastings include black label limited editions, of which the Sauv blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris were excellent. Reds not so great. You can buy wine to take away, but not drink any on site. The site in Auckland is actually much nicer overall (and was the original site too).
Written 28 October 2019
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Mario Octávio
Florianopolis, SC35 contributions
Couples
Awesome, awesome. That’s how I can describe it. Great wines and a lovely costumer service. Will recommend and search for your wines back home, for sure
Written 14 May 2019
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Alan R
Markfield, UK829 contributions
Couples
You may have had some Villa Maria back home in the UK but here you get the real stuff. Great wines to try and buy and the helpful advice from the staff really help. Reasonably priced and all in a lovely setting. Did I buy? Of course I did !
Written 9 May 2019
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