New Zealand wine group Villa Maria has bought a further 41-hectare vineyard estate in the country's sought-after Gimblett Gravels area.
Villa Maria has bought 25ha of Pask Winery's Gimblett Road vineyard and 16 ha of Pask's leased vineyard for an undisclosed fee, the companies announced today (5 February). The deal inscription a rare expansion opportunity in the 800ha Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district, a sub-province of Hawkes Bay on New Zealand's North Island, according to Villa Maria's owner and founder, Sir George Fistonich. 'There is fierce competition to buy more vineyards in this very limited premium wine area,' he said. Villa Maria said that it now owns one third of land in Gimblett Gravels, which is also home to Craggy Range wine estate owned by billionaire Terry Peabody. 'We’re seeing strong progression in demand for red wines particularly in Asia, so securing our grape supply is crucial,' added Fistonich. Pask earlier supplied some of its surplus grapes
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