While the Millton family needs very little introduction in the wine industry here so often we forget just how instrumental they were in establishing the organic and biodynamic grape growing practices we see throughout New Zealand today.
In 1984 James and Annie planted what became the very first biodynamic wine estate in the Southern Hemisphere with their Te Arai vineyard in Manutuke, Gisborne. Since then they have planted two more vineyards and have been working tirelessly to find out what works best in their environment, employing methods such as dry-farming (grape growing without irrigation) and planting grape varieties such as Chenin Blanc, Vermentino, Marsanne and Muscat from very early on.
Libiamo represents the next generation for the Millton family, in particular their children Sam and Monique, and how we as this generation now look for something that is completely un-manipulated and doesn’t leave a debt or burden on the planet. The Milltons are endlessly committed to improvement, always looking for ways to push themselves and others and without question should be credited as being one of the most important catalysts for change in the New Zealand wine industry.
Just as we have seen with the prevalence of skin-fermented white wines since the release of the first Libiamo wine nearly five years ago, it’s important to remember that these wines are from the oldest biodynamic dry-farmed vines in the country, made only from estate-grown fruit, produced entirely on site, and are from one of New Zealand’s few true artisan winegrowers/vignerons (that is, someone who farms their own grapes and makes their own wines).
Annual production: 200 cases
Gisborne, New Zealand
NB: We distribute only the ‘Libiamo’ range of wines from the Millton Family. Contact Vintners NZ for their core range.