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

  • With intense tropical and blackcurrant aromas and a rich, salty mineral palate, our Saint Clair Wairau Reserve matches perfectly with freshly shucked oysters or delicious mussels from the Marlborough Sounds 🌊 🥂
  • We were delighted to have our Saint Clair Family Estate wines, including our flagship Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, poured at Watson’s Wine Grand Tasting 2019 in Hong Kong 🇭🇰 🍷 Held every two years since 2009, Watson’s Wine Week saw over 1500 guests attend all the activities this year.
  • Want to get the most out of your wine? Sniff before you sip says Saint Clair Family Estate Senior Winemaker Kyle Thompson 🍷 Kyle heads up our Palate Education Programme at Saint Clair, sharing his expertise with the whole team. Read more via the link in our bio ☝️ #saintclairwine #nzwine
  • Sunday... we're drinking Chardonnay here 🥂 #saintclairwine
  • Our Hawkes Bay vineyard continues to shine with our 2018 Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Cabernet Merlot winning the trophy for Champion Merlot, Cabernet and Blends at the prestigious NZ Wine of the Year awards 🏆

We look forward to celebrating this amazing trophy with our team at the awards dinner in Blenheim on the 16th of November 🎉 🍾🥂 #SaintClairWine #nzwineoftheyear
  • Set up and ready to pour some fabulous wines at the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter at the Landmark Hotel in London. Come and say hello if you’re here over the weekend!
  • We're absolutely wrapped with our recent success at the 2019 NZ Wine of the Year Awards! 5 Gold medals awarded across a range of vintages and varieties: 🏅Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2019
🏅Saint Clair Pioneer Block 20 Cash Block Sauvignon Blanc 2019
🏅Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Cabernet Merlot 2018
🏅Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2019
🏅Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2019

#saintclairwine #nzwine
  • Incredibly proud of Saint Clair Family Estate senior winemaker Hamish Clark who was awarded Winemaker of the Show at the 2019 New Zealand International Wine Show! An amazing honour for a well deserving recipient. Well done Hamish! 🙌

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