The story begins in 1926 when a young Croatian named Andrija Fistonich stepped off a ship onto the Auckland wharves after three months at sea.
It is a remarkable story about a remarkable man, a man who took Villa Maria from a five acre paddock in Mangere to a hugely admired,endlessly decorated wine company on the international stage.
About the author:
Kerry Tyack is a experienced wine and beer writer, and restaurant-awards convenor and judge. He was the perfect choice to write this biography and he has done a splendid job.
He lives at Muriwai, west of Auckland.
And for another view here is Andrew Stone in the New Zealand Herald 20 October 2012 (love the headline):
Ups and downs of the vintner's luck
NZH photo by Richard Robinson