James and Annie Millton established Millton Vineyards & Winery in 1984. Their four individual vineyards are situated on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island in the wine appellation of Gisborne. Located just a few kilometres from the South Pacific Ocean, this wine region enjoys a temperate maritime climate with warm summers cooled by the afternoon sea breezes, misty autumns and mild winters.
A small family artisan winegrower, Millton was the first producer in New Zealand to gain Bio-Gro certification for organic wine production in 1989. Having practiced traditional methods of cultivation and production centred on biodynamic principles since inception, Millton gained the biodynamic certification Demeter in 2009.
James’ saying rings with a sincere ethic, “Before a wine can be great, it must first be true”. In 2012, Her Majesty The Queen awarded James the Insignia of Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June 2012 for his services to the wine industry.
Today, Millton wines consistently appear in fine dining rooms worldwide and continue to receive numerous national and international accolades.