Anne Batley Burton

Anne, otherwise known as Champagne Lady, has been importing Champagne, French wine, wine barrels and closures into the New Zealand wine industry for the last 20 years. In 2007, the former champion ballroom dancer was made a “Dame de l’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne” - Dame of Champagne. Anne was the first female (and youngest) public company director in New Zealand at Batley Printing. She is also the recipient of the SPCA Assisi Award for her outstanding services to animals. She founded The NZ Cat Foundation to de-sex and care for stray and community cats. Anne and her husband Richard Burton live in Parnell. The couple also owns an olive oil estate in Huapai and a home in France.