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Published:  23 July, 2008

Vavasour, the New Zealand winery in Marlborough's Awatere Valley, has denied giving the next New Zealand high commissioner to London a barrel of wine in return for promoting the company in the UK.

A Kiwi MP, Lockwood Smith, accused former speaker of the house Jonathan Hunt of working for the winery in return for the wine.

Peter Scutts, managing director of Vavasour, told Harpers: We presented Jonathan with the gift as a mark of appreciation for all he has done for the New Zealand wine industry during his years as an MP. He was at our winery to dedicate a number of our estate vineyards in honour of our founder Peter Vavasour's late wife and children. We proposed to Jonathan that he could use the wine during his stay in the UK. The barrel contains approximately 220 litres of 2004 Vavasour Pinot Noir, which will equate to about 25 cases of wine.'

By Christian Davis