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

  • Ice Cream and Sauvignon in Poland 🇵🇱 #nzwine #saintclairwine #Repost @kingfu.fusion ・・・
Uwaga! Uwaga! 
W ten weekend mamy dwie HITOWE premiery 😱🔝
- Naturalne lody w kompozycji z chrupiącymi chipsami won ton, owocami sezonowymi, jadalną ziemią, posypane pudrem z japońskiej matchy ( smaki do wyboru: śmietankowy, marakuja, pomarańczowy z imbirem i słony karmel) 😍
- Wyjątkowe białe wino z Nowej Zelandii, Sauvignon Blanc z prestiżowej winnicy #SaintClair 😱
 Bezwzględnie polecamy⭐️⭐️⭐️ Dodajemy do tego wyjątkowy klimat ulicy Jatki z muzyką na żywo i Dj. ⭐️Jednym słowem najlepsze miejsce na spędzenie wspaniałego weekendu💫🔥🍾🔝
  • Saint Clair Family Estate is proud to be associated with Negociants NZ, our distributer since 2005. This year we will be joining them for the Fine Wine Tour 2018 with our senior winemakers; Kyle Thompson​ and Stewart Maclennan, stopping off at the following locations:

Auckland with Kyle- 23rd July
Tauranga with Kyle - 24th July
Wellington with Stewart- 25th July
Christchurch with Stewart -26th July 
Join us for a glass or two of our award winning wines. More details and ticket info via the link in our bio ☝️ #saintclairwine #nnzfinewinetour #negociantsnz #nzwine #winetime #winestagram #negociantsnz #finewine #winetour #nz #winemaking
  • It's that time of year again; the School Holidays have arrived!🎉 Dine in at the Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen and for every adult meal purchased, you'll get a kids meal for free!* Check out our new winter menu via the link in our bio ☝️ * Not to be used with any other offer * Each kids meal must be in conjunction with an adult meal
* Offer valid from 09/07/18 - 29/07/18

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  • Great way to finish off a day in York with wine tasting @liberationliquid at Sparks in York. Thanks for inviting us to share our story and wines #sparkyork #saintclairwine #bnho #winelover #wine #newzealand #nzwine
  • The gardens @ntmiddlethorpe_hall are the perfect setting for a glass of Saint Clair Pinot Noir 🍷 in this weather. Cheers! #saintclair #saintclairwine #nzwine #middlethorpehall #york #summer
  • Chocolate Lava Cake, garnished with puffed grains bound with local honey and a warm blueberry compote 😍 🍫 This and plenty more incredible dishes now available on the new Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen Winter menu. Check out the link in our bio for more☝️#saintclairwine #vineyardkitchen #nzwine #lovemarlborough #onlymarlborough #nzmustdo #nzeats #winetime #foodie
  • Perfect spot for a picnic! Thanks to @tiaan_mouton for showing us a unique way to chill our Vicar’s Choice ❄️ #Repost @tiaan_mouton ・・・
Maar net nog n casual picnic #picnic #lakewakatipu #campinglife #bootfood #saintclairwine
  • We're thrilled to announce that our 2016 Pioneer Block 14 Pinot Noir has won the trophy for best Pinot Noir at the Shanghai International Wine Challenge 🍷 #SaintClairWine #PinotNoir #nzwine

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