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

  • So proud to partner with this wonderful race ❤️ the @vineyardhalf has been named a finalist in the Best National Event 2018 category of the NZEA Event Awards! Amazing effort team. Join us for next year's event, May 11 2019 👉🏽 https://vineyardhalf.com/ 🥂 #saintclairwine
  • Fresh berries, warm days and perfect wine 🥂 We love NZ summer! ☀️ #saintclairwine #nzwine
  • 💯🏆 Today Kyle Thompson headed to QT to pick up the 2018 Winestate Pinot Noir of year Trophy for the Saint Clair Family Estate 2016 Omaka Reserve 🍷
What a day what a trophy 🥂🍾#SaintClairWine #nzwine #pinotnoirnz #winestate
  • Methode Marlborough dinner at the fantastic Logan Brown in Wellington 🍾🥂#saintclairwine #methodemarlborough #nzwine
  • We’re up in China 🇨🇳 at the moment 🙌 Last night we attended a Dinner with our Distributor Aussino’s VIP and private customers at the Summer Palace, Shangri-La, Shanghai. SC wines perfectly matched with beautiful Chinese cuisine 💯 #SaintClairWine #nzwine
  • Thanks to family friend Carmen Glenn who captured this great shot of our Dawn in the snow in QT this week ❤️🍾 #nzwine #Repost @carmenglennphoto ・・・
The perfect start into a new decade of life! Thank you @saintclairwine for the special Dawn vintage and thank you New Zealand for turning on the snow for us today!
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#birthdaytrip2018 #newzealand #snowinspring #queenstown #saintclairwine #tripofalifetime #bringonthefuture
  • Come join the celebrations this Friday the 23rd of November at The Wine Station as we raise our glasses to Saint Clair Family Estate for being named Winery of the Month! 🥂

Sliders will be 2 for $10 with other food available from the Tealicious Food Truck.

Bookings essential, more info via the link in our bio ☝️
  • Saint Clair Family Estate winemaker Heather Stewart hosts a Wine and Jazz evening at No Black Tie in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Delicious dinner paired with Saint Clair wines and music by Rachel Guerzo Quartet 🎷 🥂 Thanks to our distributors, Milawa, and Eveline from No Black Tie for an incredible evening!

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