Written by Victoria Clark
June Hamilton is co-owner and founder of the 21-year-old Kaimira Wines business, but you’re unlikely to ever find her among the grapevines, let alone in the winery.
“The vineyard is not my area, though it’s very beautiful through the seasons and I do like looking at it through the office window,” she laughs. “I would be the world’s worst pruner, and the slowest, too.”
The Bragato Wine Awards, held each year as part of the New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo Bragato National Conference, are awarded to the grower for viticultural excellence. The competition recognises that growing excellent grapes is the foundation of making wines of true quality. The Trophies were presented at the Bragato Dinner in Hawke’s Bay on 27 August.
Nelson winery Kaimira Estate took-out the title of Sustainable Vineyard of the Year at the NZ Organic Wine Awards which are now in their second year, along with golds for Richmond Plains and Sunset Valley Vineyard.
Established in 2005, the New Zealand International Wine Show is the largest wine competition held in New Zealand each year. Wines from any country and from any variety can be entered and this year 2130 entries were received from 12 countries resulting in 206 gold medals being awarded.
The Nelson region produces about 3% of wine made in New Zealand but the outstanding quality of wines made in the region was confirmed when 1/3 of the trophies awarded at the 2007 Bragato Wine Awards were won by Nelson wineries.