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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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Saint Clair Home to Rowing World Champion

13 June 2017
We have a world champion in our midst at Saint Clair Family Estate, after our Export Manager brought home two world titles from the World Masters Games. Sarah Lissaman, pictured front, right, headed to Lake Karapiro with her fellow Blenheim Rowing Club masters rowers in April, where she put her best foot forward with rowing [...]

From Classroom to Winery with Saint Clair Vintage 2017

19 April 2017
We love this time of year, when people from all walks of life, and all corners of the globe come together to pursue their shared passion, making wine, with us at Saint Clair Family Estate. This year, there are 35 extra staff members from America, Argentina, France, Belgium, China, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Sweden, [...]

The Year That Was

21 December 2016
Woah! What a year it’s been for Saint Clair Family Estate. So much has happened in the last 360-odd days that it’s hard to keep track. With the dawn of yet another New Year quickly approaching, we’ve taken a look back through some of our highlights of the year that was. Here’s a taste of [...]

Vineyard Kitchen makes Top 20

23 November 2016
A “perfectly prepared” venison short loin has seen the Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen secure a place in the top 20 of the 2016 Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards. Head chef Keith Gregory put the dish together, serving the meat medium rare, and pairing it with as much Marlborough produce as he could source. His [...]

Getting Green for Green Month

21 November 2016
Innovation reached a new level at Saint Clair Family Estate last month, when the team undertook the challenge of having a “Green Month”. Accounts assistant Tracey Gilmore took the lead, encouraging staff to try and reduce their carbon footprint, and to come up with ideas to contribute to a sustainable future. “I’m a bit of an [...]

Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen puts Marlborough on a plate

12 October 2016
Marlborough produce is taking centre stage in the latest dish at the Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen. Put together for the Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards 2016 challenge, head chef Keith Gregory says the idea behind his dish is to source as much local produce as possible. While the aim of the competition is to [...]

Catch Saint Clair wine on TV

08 July 2016
Get your tastebuds tingling with the best of Marlborough food and Saint Clair wine in the first episode of a new TV series hosted by chef Nick Honeyman screening this weekend. The Best Of New Zealand With Nick Honeyman airs on TV One on Saturdays at 4pm from July 9 – or you can catch [...]

Saint Clair Dawn Release 2016

30 April 2016
Saint Clair Dawn Release 2016

The Best Of 2015

12 January 2016
2015 was another huge year at Saint Clair Family Estate, kicking off with reopening the Vineyard Kitchen, our 20th vintage, Nana Dawn’s 100th birthday with a shout out from the New Zealand cricket team (oh, and a letter from the Queen), plus a few trophies from wine competitions around the world. Here’s to another stellar [...]

Raymond Chan’s best Sauvignon Blanc 2015

13 December 2015
Super-star @saintclairwine WairauRes SauvBl’15 incredible #nzwine intensity. Best SB of the year — Raymond Chan (@winenoter) December 13, 2015