In 1984 James and Annie Millton established their winery on the banks of the Te Arai River near Manutuke where the early settlers first planted grapevines in 1871.
This region is situated on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand in the winegrowing region known as Gisborne. Originally Annie's father, The Late Mr John Clark, had developed vineyards on his estate at "Opou" in Manutuke during the late 1960's. James and Annie returned to Gisborne after experience gained in the famous wine regions of France and Germany and by 1983 had extensively researched and replanted the families' grape growing business.
James Milton is a great advocate of biodynamics and The Millton Vineyard was New Zealand's first commercial fully certified organic vineyard. His Chenin Blanc is most highly regarded.
Size Of Estates: 20 hectares
Average Annual Production: 50 - 75 hectolitres/hectare
3 - 5 tonnes/acre