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Saint Clair Family Estate Appoints Negociants Australia

30 April 2008 Saint Clair Family Estate has appointed Negociants Australia as its exclusive national distributor to the trade in Australia, excluding Western Australia, to take effect from 24 June 2008.

Managing Director Neal Ibbotson says the move is an exciting opportunity for Saint Clair to grow the profile of its wines within Australia.

Saint Clair is recognised as one of New Zealand’s top quality producers. Since 2001 this family-owned winery has been awarded an outstanding 52 trophies and 150 gold medals at wine shows throughout the world.

“Through our relationship with Negociants, we are aiming to further develop our entire Saint Clair portfolio which includes the Saint Clair Reserve, Saint Clair Pioneer Block, Saint Clair Marlborough range and our entry level brand Saint Clair Vicar’s Choice”, says Ibbotson.

Negociants Australia National Manager, Nick Waterman, says Saint Clair will complement its existing offerings.

“Saint Clair has built a reputation as one of the leading wineries in New Zealand and we are truly excited about the opportunity to add Saint Clair to our existing portfolio of fine wines. The New Zealand category continues to show strength within Australia and the addition of Saint Clair will enable to offer the market a broader selection of some of the most outstanding wines from New Zealand.”

“Our New Zealand portfolio has a firm focus on product quality and distinctive brands that have stood and will continue to stand the test of time. Like our own business, many of the brands we represent are family-owned and Saint Clair will fit us well.”

The new agreement creates a partnership between two family-owned Australasian wine businesses. Negociants is owned by the fifth generation Hill-Smith winemaking family, who own Yalumba Wines in South Australia. Saint Clair Family Estate is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, wine industry pioneers in the Marlborough region in New Zealand for over 30 years.

For further information please contact:

Neal Ibbotson
Managing Director
Saint Clair Family Estate
156 New Renwick Road
RD 2, Blenheim
P: 00 64 3 5788695

Nick Waterman
Negociants Australia
205 Grote Street
P: 08 8112 4210
M: 0413 999 480