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

  • Spring is here and with the increase in temperature comes our first bud burst! 🌱 Bring on vintage '20!
  • Gold for Saint Clair Family Estate! 🏅 Our Pioneer Block 15 Pinot Noir 2018 has taken out a gold medal at the Japan Wine Challenge! 🍷
  • Monkfish served over an olive oil lemon garlic mash with sautéed baby spinach, topped with an almond and pistachio gremolata 😍 🙌 Perfect for spring time dining. Book your table today at the Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen 👉 03 570 5280 #saintclair #nzwine
  • Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 🥂 #TeWikioteReoMāori #nzwine
  • Just a 7 minute drive from central Blenheim, the Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen is the ideal spot to escape your work day and enjoy a delicious lunch set in the vineyards of Marlborough. Book your table today 👉  03 570 5280
  • Saint Clair Family Estate is proud to announce that the following wines have achieved great success at the the China Wine and Spirits Awards 2019! 🏅🏅Double Gold - Saint Clair Origin Sauvignon Blanc 2018
🏅🏅Double Gold - Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees  Sauvignon Blanc 2018
🏅🏅Double Gold - Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon  Blanc 2018
🥇Gold - Saint Clair Origin Merlot 2018
🥇Gold - Saint Clair Pioneer Block 23 Master Block Pinot Noir 2018

It's great to have our wines acknowledged at the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in China! 🇨🇳
  • Aromas of fresh ripe fruit, blackcurrants and warm toast; the Saint Clair Family Estate Vicar's Choice Pinot Noir has everything you need to keep you warm on these cooler evenings 🔥🍷 🍒 #saintclairnz #nzwine #saintclairwine #winetime #pinotnoir #winery #saintclair #marlborough
  • Happy Fathers day to all the Dads out there 🙌

We’re lucky enough to have these four awesome Dads in our Saint Clair Family ❤️ We’ll be sure to tip our glasses in honour of all the Dads that are with us and the ones that no longer are 🥂

Have a great day!

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