Ernie Hunter, pictured with wife Jane in the mid-1980s, established Hunter’s Wines in 1979. The vineyard’s sauvignon blanc won awards at London wine festivals in the mid-1980s. Ernie died in a car crash in 1987, and Jane took over the company's reins. In 2011 Hunter's remained family-owned. Jane Hunter was the managing director, and had received an OBE and been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to viticulture.
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