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

  • We're pleased to announce that our Saint Clair Wairau Reserve 2017 has taken out Champion Sauvignon Blanc at the 6 Nations Wine Challenge​! 🏆 Another great achievement for our family owned winery. Read more via the link in our bio☝️
  • The celebration of Pinot Noir continues with our senior winemaker, Stewart Maclennan, attending Pinocity at the Brisbane Powerhouse 🍷 #saintclairwine #nzwine #pinotnoir #pinotpalooza #brisbane #pinocity #wine #winetime #winestagram #saintclair
  • Our Senior Winemaker, Kyle Thompson is over in the UK visiting some of our lovely customers. It may surprise you to know that being in London is like coming home for Kyle! He spent 6 years living in London and working in banking before making the decision his future was in wine. His career began in Bordeaux. He headed back to New Zealand in 2001 and in 2006 he joined the family at Saint Clair.
  • One of our Saint Clair Senior Winemakers Stewart Maclennan recently attended the Negociants Pinot Fest. Held at Starward Whiskey Distillery in Melbourne, it showcased the best that producers from NZ, Australia and France had to offer to all those that have the good sense to love and sell Pinot Noir! 🍷 #saintclairwine #nzwine #winetime #winestagram #pinotnoir #negociants #pinot #pinotfest #starward #whiskeymeetswine #saintclair
  • Testing the wines ahead of our wine tasting comparison of #Marlborough and the #Loire Kyle Thompson representing Marlborough and Beverly Tabbron, MW representing the Loire @hnwines #nzwine #saintclairfamilyestate #corrigans @corrigans_mayfair
  • A special tasting with Karim in the cellar at the Lansdowne Club with Kyle Thompson. Great to be in London sharing stories and wines 🥂🙌#lansdowneclub #saintclairfamilyestate #nzwine #saintclairwine
  • Our Senior Winemaker Kyle Thompson is in the UK! Giving the team Corinthia Hotel insight into what makes our wines so special 🍷 #winemaker #winemaking #wine tasting #corinthiahotellondon #hallgarten #saintclairwine #nzwine
  • Our Saint Clair Family Estate winemaker Heather Stewart was lucky enough to spend the evening on the water for the Wine Marlborough Twilight Series Race with Art Green and Matilda Rice! ⛵ #marlwinefest #winerace #saintclairwine #winemarlborough #wbcracing #wineworks #onlymarlborough #nzwine #wine #saintclair

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