The award recognized a strong focus by Melton Estate on wine hospitability. Owner Tracy Caunter comments "We've always focused on providing the very best service we can as every day we are judged by our customers on our service, food and wine. Following the earthquakes in Christchurch wine tourism was probably the last thing on people's minds. However we decided to do even more by offering winery events and shows so that Christchurch people could escape, even for an afternoon. The feedback we received was amazing".
Melton Estate was encouraged by Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism to enter in to the awards. "This is the first major award we have won, and is a positive sign for the growing wine business in Canterbury", says Caunter.