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Friday 4 March 2022

Girl power: Meet a new Hunter wine producer

The Hunter Valley has welcomed a new wine company - launched by an entrepreneur with 20 years of wine industry experience. 

Female-owned and -run Wild Ren Wines is the brainchild of Renee Burton, co-founder and previous co-owner of Gundog Estate with her ex husband Matt. 

Burton said she is is proud to be the creator, director and CEO of her own wine business. 

“I’ve lived and breathed the wine and tourism business for years, working on joint projects or other people’s passions," she said. 

"Wild Ren Wines is 100% me and it’s my message to my two daughters and other girls out there that you can take control of your destiny.” 

Situated at Peppers Creek Village, Wild Ren’s cellar door is designed to emulate an intimate wine bar vibe and there are plans for private group tastings and regular exclusive events. 

The boutique shopping village location is also home to artisan speciality providers, gifts and homewares and a café, making it the perfect place to spend an afternoon. 

Burton is working with close friend and winemaker Scott Comyns to produce wines that include semillon, semillon/sauvignon blanc, shiraz, gruner veltliner, rosé, vermentino, sangiovese and GSM with chardonnay, pinot noir and a fortified in the pipeline.

Carrying labels featuring the namesake Wren created by Hunter local Krysten Jade, Wild Ren Wines are available exclusively through the cellar door and on the company’s website. 

“We want people to feel connected and inspired by Wren Wines - to drink the wine and feel emboldened to change their world for the better,” Burton said. 

Renee has plans that Wild Ren Wines will create a program for young female entrepreneurs to help build their self-esteem and encourage them to realise their potential. 

“I’m passionate about playing a part in developing the next generation of girls, encouraging them to dream and giving them the tools and tactic to be fearless and courageous in taking control of their own destiny.” 


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