Our Story

Saint Clair Family Estate is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978. Grapes were originally supplied to local wine companies; however a desire to extend the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine led to the establishment of Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994.

The Saint Clair name originates from the vineyard property, first settled by the Sinclair family. Pioneer James Sinclair built one of the first homes in Blenheim and was closely associated with the early development of the town. Over time the name of the property reverted to the original Saint Clair.

The company’s mission is to create world-class wines that exceed their customers’ every expectation. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise plus Marlborough’s mix of climate and soils with the talent of one of New Zealand’s leading winemaking teams.

Wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold

From 1994 when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today. Recent significant International accolades include;

  • Ranked in the top 100 wineries of the world (WAWWJ 2017)
  • New World Producer of the Year at UK’s Sommelier Wine Awards 2017 and 2012,
  • Winestate Winery of the Year 2014, 2011 and 2010,
  • New Zealand Winemaker of the Year (Hamish Clark) Winestate NZ/Australia 2014 and 2012
  • New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year, Vienna International Wine Challenge 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012
  • Listed in the Top 10 Chardonnays of the World, Saint Clair Pioneer Block 11 Cell Block Chardonnay 2014 (Chardonnay du Monde)

Saint Clair Family Estate has developed a strong reputation as a leading international wine producer. Consistently achieving highly acclaimed awards such as these further cements this reputation

Wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold

From 1994 when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today. Recent significant International accolades include;

  • Ranked in the top 100 wineries of the world (WAWWJ 2017)
  • New World Producer of the Year at UK’s Sommelier Wine Awards 2017 and 2012,
  • Winestate Winery of the Year 2014, 2011 and 2010,
  • New Zealand Winemaker of the Year (Hamish Clark) Winestate NZ/Australia 2014 and 2012
  • New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year, Vienna International Wine Challenge 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012
  • Listed in the Top 10 Chardonnays of the World, Saint Clair Pioneer Block 11 Cell Block Chardonnay 2014 (Chardonnay du Monde)

Saint Clair Family Estate has developed a strong reputation as a leading international wine producer. Consistently achieving highly acclaimed awards such as these further cements this reputation

Family Estate

Saint Clair Family Estate was founded by Neal and Judy Ibbotson who are the directors of the winery with more than 30 years viticulture knowledge of the Marlborough region. The company is a family business with the next generation also involved.

More than 30 years viticulture knowledge of the Marlborough region

Son Tony is responsible for the design of all Saint Clair’s packaging, promotional material and advertising. He owns a design consultancy business, the Creative Method, in Sydney. Tony designed the original Saint Clair labels back in 1994, when he was a student. He has been refining and expanding the range of Saint Clair labels ever since. Daughters Sarina and Julie both work within the business in sales and marketing after studying wine business marketing at Adelaide.

Family Estate

Saint Clair Family Estate was founded by Neal and Judy Ibbotson who are the directors of the winery with more than 30 years viticulture knowledge of the Marlborough region. The company is a family business with the next generation also involved.

More than 30 years viticulture knowledge of the Marlborough region

Son Tony is responsible for the design of all Saint Clair’s packaging, promotional material and advertising. He owns a design consultancy business, the Creative Method, in Sydney. Tony designed the original Saint Clair labels back in 1994, when he was a student. He has been refining and expanding the range of Saint Clair labels ever since. Daughters Sarina and Julie both work within the business in sales and marketing after studying wine business marketing at Adelaide.

Our Team

Saint Clair Family Estate value its people. The dedicated and committed team
work together to strive for success in all areas of their work.

Our Team

Saint Clair Family Estate value its people. The dedicated and committed team work together to strive for success in all areas of their work.

Hamish Clark

Winemaker / Viticulturist

Hamish Clark is Saint Clair Family Estates senior winemaker and has worked for Saint Clair since 2001. He works alongside Kyle Thompson and Stewart Maclennan leading the winemaking team.

Kyle Thompson

Senior Winemaker

Having studied food science, Kyle began his working life in the dairy industry, involved in microbiology and sensory evaluation.

Stewart Maclennan

Senior Winemaker

Stewart has been involved in many facets of making wine in Marlborough and abroad since 2003 and has been a part of the Saint Clair team throughout.

Winemaking Team

Viticulture

Office Team

Vineyard Kitchen

  • Twin Hills Pinot Noir review from Italy 🇮🇹 🍷🙌 #saintclairwine #Repost @sommcoach
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Pioneer Block 10 Pinot Noir 2016 by @saintclairwine 
What a wonderful discovery this wine! The pinot noir comes from the twin hills area in Omaka Valley which is part of the Southern Valleys sub-region of Marlborough. A deep ruby red, hints of ripe plums and boysberries, vanilla and coffee. Intense in mouth, the fruit flavour is persistent and coerent with its perfurms. A great interpretation of Pinot Noir in the enologic new world. Cheers!
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  • Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen chef, Mark Wilson Diu has been named a semi-finalist in the New Zealand Ōra King Awards! Using Ora King Salmon as the hero ingredient and drawing inspiration from Pou Whenua, Mark has created one impressive dish! Finalists to be announced September 17th 🙌 #saintclairwine #saintclair #nzwine #orakingawards #orakingsalmon #vineyardkitchen #lovemarlborough #onlymarlborough #foodie #nzmustdo #eatnz
  • The results are in from our annual Sauvignon Blanc Growers' Tasting which took place this week at Saint Clair Family Estate. We're excited to finally reveal the Single Vineyard Pioneer Blocks for 2018 for the first time:  Pioneer Block 1: Phil and Cheryl Sowman
Pioneer Block 3: Mark and Kate O’Sullivan
Pioneer Block 18: John and Cayley Blackmore
Pioneer Block 21: Peter and Kath Campbell
Pioneer Block 27: Jason and Jenny Neal

And the highly anticipated Wairau Reserve Trophy goes to Phil and Cheryl Sowman! 🥂

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  • We enjoyed our Health and Safety Treasure hunt so much we even wrote a blog about it! Read up via the link in our bio on all the details of our not-so-ordinary training session organised by the amazing Kerrie Dick ☝️
  • Year-round, our vineyards need a heap of work to enable us to nurture our fruit from vine to bottle. In order to get all the work done, we employ the fantastic team at @hortus.co.nz. Not only is Hortus helping us out, they're also helping hundreds of NiVan workers and their families by providing them with the opportunity to work in New Zealand. Our latest blog looks a little closer into how it all works. Read it via the link in our bio ? #saintclairwine #nzwine #wine #vineyards #marlboroughnz #onlymarlborough #community #workingtogether #rse #lovemarlborough #winestagram #winetime #blenheimnz
  • No winter is too cold when you have enough wine! 🍷 Come and embrace the warmth at the Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen and experience our delicious winter offerings. For our full menu and to make a booking follow the link in our bio ☝️#saintclairwine #saintclair #nzwine
  • Three of our wines on offer at the Christchurch Air New Zealand Koru Club at the moment 🥂 #saintclairwine #nzwine #airnz
  • The Saint Clair team had a great afternoon completing a Health and Safety treasure hunt today. Working in pairs, our teams answered important questions to gain clues, leading to the hidden treasure 💎 Thanks to Kerrie Dick for organising this!

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