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

  • November was Green Month for the Saint Clair Family Estate team! 💚 We celebrated those individuals who offered exceptional ideas for some of our tricky environmental issues, particularly on how to re-use and recycle vineyard posts. Well done team!
  • Our Saint Clair Family Estate Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc catching the last rays of light in Sydney 🌅 🇦🇺 Thanks to Edward and Hannah Cunynghame for the photo!
  • Thank you @theiwsc for awarding our Barrique Sauvignon Blanc 2016 with the Sauvignon Blanc Trophy. Great to have this style recognised.
  • Neal and Jude Ibbotson were thrilled to host Edward Cunynghame and his wife Hannah at the Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen for a tasting and lunch 🥂 🍽 Edward is the nephew of John Cunynghame who, in the early days was instrumental in getting Saint Clair signed up with Hallgarten.

Thanks for visiting us, we hope to welcome you back in the future!
  • Our Saint Clair Family Estate James Sinclair Chardonnay; Elegant, well structured with a rich smooth finish ✨ Learn more via the link in our bio ☝️
  • Saint Clair Family Estate is thrilled to be the winery of the month at The Wine Station 🙌 🍷 Until the end of the month they will be showcasing 8 wines from across our range, including two incredible special library releases: Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2013 and a Pioneer Block 15 Pinot Noir 2012. Don't miss your chance to sit back, relax and enjoy these wines!
  • Our Origin Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with Pagače, a traditional Hungarian snack made with pork crackling. Cheers!
  • With our importers Provino in Slovakia sharing some wines and comparing vintages. Thanks for having us!

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