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The single vineyard ‘Pioneer Block’ wines of Saint Clair require separate handling, the winery using 250 small tanks to manage this. The amount of detail for winemakers Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark and their team is considerable, but the result is a fascinating range of wines that express their origin and site. In essence Saint Clair is bottling ‘terroir’ for keen wine enthusiasts to ponder and enjoy. The quality per se of the ‘Pioneer Block’ wines has been extremely high as well, reflecting the identification of superior as well as individual vineyards by Saint Clair’s owner Neal Ibbotson.
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Upskilling and Outwinning

20 February 2009 Saint Clair Adds More Skills and Accolades

Family winemaking team, Saint Clair Family Estate, has gone on to demonstrate its excellence and expertise with Sarina Ibbotson, daughter of owners Neal and Judy, achieving her Masters in Wine Business Degree from the University of Adelaide (formally known as Roseworthy College).

Sarina’s accomplishment reaffirms Saint Clair’s reputation as one of New Zealand’s most prestigious and successful wineries, with Sarina being the first New Zealander to achieve this impressive honour.

The comprehensive Degree involved intensive practical and theoretical study, including grape growing, winemaking, winery business management, global wine marketing and winery operations. For certain blocks of the course Sarina was required to travel over to Adelaide University’s Roseworthy Campus, which is internationally recognised as a premier teaching facility for wine education and the pioneering role it plays in the wine industry.

Sarina’s newly acquired knowledge will undoubtedly be invaluable to Saint Clair Family Estate, which is passionate about creating world-class wines that continue to exceed expectations.

Studying while juggling a young family, Sarina’s accomplishment also emphasises the strong family ties that bind the family owned and operated winery and make its story unique. Now working for Saint Clair in the area of marketing, Sarina feels the Degree helped her obtain “a greater understanding of
the various aspects of wine business especially wine marketing.”

Neal Ibbotson, Managing Director for Saint Clair Family Estate, comments; “We are excited about the new knowledge and skills Sarina has acquired which will no doubt be of benefit to our family business. Our daughter Julie also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Wine Business in 2007 and now works as Saint Clair Brand Ambassador in Sydney, while son Tony is responsible for all the Saint Clair labels and creative design.”

Saint Clair’s commitment to success is well recognised, with its consistent production of exceptional world-class wines and its award-winning record.


Prepared on behalf of Saint Clair Family Estate by the pr shop. For further information please contact Neal Ibbotson on (03) 57 88695 or Pippa Lekner on (09) 368 1078 or email Neal wine@saintclair.co.nz