Millton Vineyards & Winery

Gisborne, New Zealand


  • Annie Millton, Co-Founder

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    Annie Millton is the co-founder of The Millton Vineyard, Born in Manutuke, Gisborne, Annie grew up on a farm and developed a love for nature and the outdoors from a young age. After studying at Lincoln University in Christchurch, where she earned a degree in horticultural science, Annie went on to work for several wineries throughout New Zealand Europe, and Australia. During this time, she gained valuable experience in winemaking and developed a deep passion for the craft. In 1984, Annie and her husband James Millton took over the running of Opou Vineyard from Annie’s parents John & Dorothy Clark, and would later expand those plantings and build the winery we now know as The Millton Vineyard. They began planting vines and practicing organic farming techniques from the start, with a focus on producing highquality wines that expressed the unique terroir of the region. Under Annie’s guidance, The Millton Vineyard has become a leader in sustainable and organic winemaking practices in New Zealand. Annie is a strong advocate for biodynamic farming and low-intervention winemaking, she has worked tirelessly to promote these principles throughout the wine industry. Annie has received numerous accolades for her contributions to the New Zealand wine industry. Annie served as Chair of the Gisborne Winegrowers Association for five years, received the Sir George Fistonich medal in 2020, and was named a Fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers in 2019. Today, she continues to oversee operations at The Millton Vineyard, which has grown to over 22 hectares and produces a range of award-winning wines, including Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, and Chenin Blanc. If you have any questions for Annie please reach out to her on

    Annie Millton, Co-Founder