Our family-owned winery is fulfilling a dream held since we began farming organically in 1999, respecting the planet and sharing exhilarating wines that bring you the best of New Zealand. Our vineyards are vibrant gardens in the beautiful corner of Earth we call home; organically cultivated and alive with wildflowers.
EarthGarden embodies our holistic view of sustainability where natural farming means healthy soils and vineyard ecosystems, creating healthy vines and wines full of life and flavour, just as nature intended. When you taste the EarthGarden wines, you taste the care put into the soil, the conscious tending of the vines, the careful handling of the fruit produced and the respect for our relationship with the land.
Villa Maria wines are made for the moment and these wines perfectly capture a moment in time, whether it be cool nights, long hot days, or the warm Pacific breeze of the growing season. The essence and purity of the New Zealand landscape has been bottled in the EarthGarden range, and we can’t wait to share these wines with the world.
WHAT IS ORGANIC WINE?
Organic wines need organic grapes, so farmers eschew the use of artificial pesticides, chemical fertilizers and herbicides. The US and EU, two of the most prominent bodies in the organic wine certification game, have different rules regarding ‘organic’, particularly concerning the cellaring practices (which relates to how wines are stored before getting into the bottle).
So wine can be made with organically-grown grapes but needs to use organic yeast and avoid sulfites to be a USDA-certified organic wine. Similarly, complex rules exist in the EU, but total sulfite levels are limited (rather than banned). In both cases, the entire winemaking facility – and not just the farm – has to use organic practices.
That might seem complicated, but it’s easier if you just stick to the golden rule: follow the organic certification rules in respective winemaking regions. If possible, try to learn about the winemaker to see how they comply with organic legislation (or organic methods) in their country. If you ever get the chance, a visit to an organic farm is a fantastic opportunity to understand the sustainable vision of organic farmers.
Our regular delivery days are every weekday from 12pm to 6pm. If you'd like a specific time outside of that, please let us know in the checkout notes.
Remember that if you're part of our Organic Wine Club, you can get discounted rates on both the wine and delivery – get in touch and we'll apply the discount for you.
For more information, please take a look at our delivery and FAQ pages.