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Wānaka Gold

Written by Margo Berryman

Wānaka’s wine industry continues to stand out with another haul of gold medals, this time for two stellar wines from the Aitken’s Folly Vineyard. 

The vineyard has recently received two gold, a silver and a bronze award at the New Zealand International Wine Show.   

Gold medals were awarded to Aitken’s Riverbank Rd Chardonnay 2019 and Aitken’s Riverbank Pinot Noir 2017.  The former vintage also picked up a silver medal while the Aitken’s Riverbank Rd Riesling 2021 collected bronze.

Aitken’s Folly owners Ian Percy and Fiona Aiken are thrilled to receive a full complement of medals for their wines.  

“We’re delighted with all these medals, especially the two golds. We have always had confidence in our wines and now that has been reaffirmed by the judges who seem to have been equally impressed,” says Ian.

Of all the gold medals awarded – 29 in the Chardonnay category – Aitken’s Folly is by far the smallest vineyard. 

 “We feel we are really punching above our weight,” he says. “ The quality of what we can produce from our small family owned Wānaka vineyard probably surprises some of the bigger producers.”

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Margo Berryman