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Greystone wins New Zealand Organic Vineyard of the Year

Greystone wins New Zealand Organic Vineyard of the Year

30th May 2016

The New Zealand Organic Wine Awards have just revealed their 2016 results and Greystone Wines from North Canterbury has come away with the overall trophy for Vineyard of the Year. This follows gold medal awards this year for their Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer wines.

After a successful debut in 2014, the New Zealand Organic Wine Awards are now in their third year with 123 entrants in 2016 from across the length of New Zealand. Luke Thomas, the founder of the awards announced that, “Greystone is our 2016 Vineyard of the Year, claiming three gold medals in their debut season partaking in the awards. The general standard of wine created by this Waipara Valley vineyard has been outstanding, a true testament to the region, and to winemaker Dominic Maxwell and viticulturist Nick Gill.”

Nick Gill, Greystone’s viticulturist, said “It’s pretty special as this is the first year we’ve been allowed to enter our wines as we are in the conversion process to full organic certification. I look forward to seeing more of New Zealand’s top vineyards make the transition. While we certainly can’t make the most wine in the world, we can have a real shot at making the best. With organics we rely heavily on the quality of our vineyard crew and this award is a reflection of their skills.”

Nik Mavromatis, Sales and Marketing Manager added “Our customers and export markets are demanding ever higher levels of information and traceability on the production of our wines, especially in regards to organics. This award allows us to showcase New Zealand organics to a greater audience. With the quality of wine that Greystone can produce we show there is no need for the use of synthetic chemicals to make great wine here in North Canterbury.”

Waipara had a particularly strong year at the event with gold medals also going to Terrace Edge, Black Estate and Muddy Water. In 2015 Muddy Water won wine of the show for its 2011 Hares Breath Pinot Noir from Waipara.


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