Mills honoured by wine group

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Wanaka winemaker Nick Mills has joined the list of Central Otago wine pioneers to be acknowledged for services to the district’s industry.
The Rippon Vineyard coowner was presented with the Outstanding Services award at the Feraud Dinner and Awards evening held at the weekend.
Mr Mills is the third member of his family to receive the award. His parents, Rolfe and Lois Mills, were both past recipients along with Alan Brady, Steve Green, Ann Pinckney, Rudi Bauer, Robin Dicey, Heather McPherson and Martin Anderson.
The award to Nick Mills recognised his leadership in the Central Otago wine industry and especially his role in establishing and growing the district’s relationship with the Burgundy region in France.
Central Otago Winegrowers Association (COWA) president James Dicey said when he presented the award he was ‘‘thrilled’’ to present it to someone who had contributed ‘‘above and beyond’’ in supporting the industry’s growth and development.
Mr Mills and his family had developed and cemented an ‘‘exceptional relationship’’ between Burgundy and Central Otago, he said.
COWA general manager Glenys Coughlan also presented four new awards. Steve Farquharson was named marketing champion while the Industry Know How Award was presented to Blair Walter. Former Young Viticulturist of the Year winner Nick Paulin won the Young Gun Award and Morley Hewitt won the Good Sort award for his wideranging support of the industry.