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Wild Ren Wines founder Renee Burton is branching out

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After 27 trials, Wild Ren Wines’ founder Renee Burton believes she’s created the perfect gin… and by years’ end the talented winemaker hopes to add a new Tempranillo and Sparkling Rose to her list of achievements. 

Known as “Ren” to her friends, Burton has more than two decades of experience in the wine and tourism industries. 

She is the name and face behind Pokolbin-based brand Wild Ren Wines, a brand that launched quietly in late 2021 at the tail end of COVID lockdowns and restrictions. 

Set on the grounds of Peppers Creek Village, the business boasts small-batch production and alternative varieties and blends. 

Its carefully selected fruit is often sourced from other NSW regions and blended to create classic Hunter styles such as Shiraz, Chardonnay, Semillon and Pinot Gris. 

The mother-of-two also made her mark as co-founder and former owner of Gundog Estate, before branching out on her own. 

“We always approach each vintage with anticipation, particularly during difficult growing seasons,” she says of Wild Ren Wines. 

“While we have a wish list going into each vintage, we take it as it comes.  

“It’s about showcasing what’s best produced each vintage and creating a style that compliments the fruit.” 

She says the most important part of the winemaking journey from fruit to cellar door is to create the right style and to love the wine you’ve produced.  

“The staff must be on board and love the wine on the shelf as they share this love with customers,” Burton says.  

Wild Ren Wines, Pokolbin

In addition to wine, Wild Ren has diversified, including a premium gin as part of the range. 

Using Australian botanicals including lemon myrtle, aniseed myrtle and Tasmanian pepper berry, Burton’s gin has a hint of sweetness from cinnamon and strawberry gum. 

“I’ve always had a love for gin,” she says.  

“After 27 trials experimenting with botanicals, I nailed the recipe. I wanted the gin to be classic with the right amount of citrus, spice and sweetness.”  

The team at Wild Ren Wines is now focusing on its marketing, distribution and customer reach – including participation in festivals – with a focus on Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast.  

They plan to release a new Tempranillo and a Sparkling Rose later this year, which will be available in limited release. 

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