Our Vineyards


The Millton Vineyard’s four individual vineyards; Riverpoint, Opou, Te Arai and Clos de Ste. Anne are located in Manutuke and Matawhero.

The unique character of the appellation is its proximity to the influence of the Pacific Ocean together with the geologically youthful sedimentary soils. Cooling sea breezes keep the climate friend ly and temperate in high summer. The high silica and clay content of these youthful soils attribute well to a harmonised moisture retention leaving the vines free to forage without any artificial additives such as water and nutrient.

Traditional viticulture is practised in all vineyards and all are dry-farmed, with no insecticide, herbicide, systemic fungicide or soluble fertilisers used.

“I believe the terroir gives the wine the flavours and characteristic. We do not disguise nor dress up the unique character with outside influences or winemaking manipulations. To myself, therefore, the soil and climate play the major role in our wines. We are merely the caretakers of the fruits of our labours. Our wines should give an expression of the natural flavours found in the grapes harvested from our vineyards.” James Millton