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Organic wine golds for Gisborne

Gisborne is back in the chardonnay limelight with two gold wins in the 2018 NZ Organic Wine Awards.

Millton Vineyards and Winery and Wrights Vineyard and Winery both found out yesterday they had scooped a gold award each.

Milltons also won the Vintec Sustainable Vineyard of the Year. Owner James Millton said it was an interesting win as they did not usually enter wine awards.

“It is great news for Gisborne wine growing.”

The sustainable award recognised their decision 35 years ago in the early 80s to produce organic wine.

Mr Millton said in the world of wine, chardonnay was making a strong comeback among consumers, and with every environmental disaster came an increased interest in the world of organics.

“More people and more wine bars are requesting these wines. In Paris alone there are 212 natural wine bars — only a select number of wines from NZ would fit this criteria.”

Mr Millton said he had a sincere passion for wine and wanting it to speak for itself, from early childhood.

Millton “Opou” Chardonnay 2016 and Wrights Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 both won gold — two of only four chardonnays to do so.

Five minutes away from Milltons is Wrights Vineyard and Winery, the only other organic vineyard in Gisborne.

Mr Wright said over the past few years their chardonnays had consistently been awarded five stars.

“We’re pretty excited to see that recognition again for our reserve chardonnay.

“We’ve been in the industry 20 years now in Gisborne and learned a lot along the way. We are still learning but that rainbow behind the cloud is getting clearer.”

Mr Wright said their approach was to make the best wine they could, and sales of their certified organic wines had increased 30 to 40 percent each year.

The region’s two organic vineyards both won gold in this year’s NZ Organic Wine Awards. Geoff Wright from Wrights Vineyard and Winery (left) with Wrights winemaker Lawrence Jiang, and James Millton from Millton Vineyard and Winery, are pictured with their award-winning wines — Millton “Opou” Chardonnay 2016 and Wrights Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 2016. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell