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James & Annie Millton established Millton Vineyards & Winery in 1984. Their four individual dry farmed vineyards are situated on the East Coast of New Zealand in the wine appellation of Gisborne.
A small artisan winegrower, Millton have practiced traditional methods of cultivation and production centered on biodynamic principles since inception and in 1989 were the first producer in New Zealand to gain BioGro certification for organic wine production. This involves growing the grapes without the use of herbicide, insecticide, systemic fungicides or soluble fertilisers, as well as adherence to the rhythms of nature; the earth, sun, moon and beyond...
Millton Vineyards & Winery are members of international group La Renaissance des Appellations and New Zealand collaboration The Family of Twelve. In 2012, Her Majesty The Queen awarded James the Insignia of Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the wine industry. Later the same year, Millton were included in the New River Green 50, New Zealand’s top 50 companies helping the environment. Following this, in 2013, James and Annie were named "New Zealand Winegrower’s Personalities of the Year".