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Biodynamic achievements recognised at wine awards

Gisborne wine growers James and Annie Millton were recognised at the New Zealand Wine Awards for their decades of dedication to the Gisborne wine industry.

The Milltons were inducted as New Zealand Winegrowers fellows at the awards night in Blenheim on Saturday.

Mrs Millton said it was nice to receive recognition over the 35 vintages the vineyard had produced.

“It was a wonderful acknowledgement, basically to the viticulture side of organics, biodynamics and what we’ve achieved over those 35 vintages.”

New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan said the recognition was deserved.

“James and Annie Millton have been standard-bearers for organic and biodynamic wine and the Gisborne region for over 30 years.

“Their elevation to Fellows of New Zealand Winegrowers recognises the enormous contribution they have made to the wine industry since they established Millton Vineyards in 1984.”

The Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2018 was named New Zealand Wine of the Year.

JOLLY GOOD FELLOWS: Annie and James Millton celebrate becoming Fellows of New Zealand Winegrowers at the NZ Wine Awards. The Manutuke-based Milltons are pioneers of organic and biodynamic wine-making in New Zealand. Picture by Richard Briggs