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

  • Fantastic to host Kristian @kristianluuk and his father Rein from Sweden 🇸🇪 at the Vineyard Kitchen today 🥂 #saintclairwine #kristianluuk
  • Wishing a very happy Easter to all from Saint Clair Family Estate 🐰 The Vineyard Kitchen will be closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday, however we will be open from 9am until 5pm Saturday and Easter Monday. Have a safe and happy long weekend everybody! #saintclairwine
  • Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen Chef Katy Garbett is shining a light on her love for Marlborough and passion for cooking by entering a dish into the Feast Marlborough Rare Fare Competition 🍽 🍷 
Made with delicious local seafood, her incredible dish 'Down the Marlborough Sounds with Argee Bargee' is available now until the 19th of May at the Vineyard Kitchen 🙌 📸 by @richard_briggs_photo
  • #ThrowbackThursday Great pic this of Kim Crawford from Loveblock breaking the bottle with Neal Ibbotson in 2000 at the opening of the joint venture winery MVC. A great winery which kicked off some great careers in New Zealand Wine 🥂 #SaintClairWine #nzwine
  • Big gum tree 🌳 at the Vineyard Kitchen 😍 #saintclairwine
  • As the temperatures begin to drop and the southern hemisphere heads into autumn, Saint Clair Family Estate welcomes vintage interns from all over the globe to work with us here in Marlborough 🌎 🍇

Before vintage was in full swing we had a quick chat with a few of our interns about where they come from and what brought them to this part of the world. Read more via the link in our bio ☝️#saintclair #saintclairwine #nzwine #nzv19 #harvest19 #winemaking #marlboroughnz #onlymarlborough #winetime #winestagram #vintage19 #winemaker
  • Saint Clair Family Estate are excited to be a part of this year's Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival; @pbfw the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast, California 🍇 🇺🇸 We'll be at the Lexus Grand Tasting on Saturday and Sunday, the perfect chance to mingle, mix and sip with the very best in the field. #saintclairwine #pbfw
  • Only five weeks to go until the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon kicks off! 🏃🏻 Our Vineyard Kitchen is already fully booked for both Saturday and Sunday, the 11th and 12th of May, but we'll be selling our famous chicken pies and  pulled pork rolls from our stand in the race hub. Be sure to get in quick, we're guaranteed to sell out! 😋

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