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Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Half Marathon 2014

3,100 people running and walking through 21.1kms of Marlborough scenery, topped off with 3,100 bottles of Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Sauvignon Blanc.

The annual Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon has rolled around again.
We have been proud sponsors of this event since it began eight years ago with a field of
400.

Saint Clair assistant white winemaker Heather Stewart

Saint Clair assistant white winemaker Heather Stewart

Saint Clair Family Estate founder Judy Ibbotson is taking part again this year – as she does every year – while our assistant white winemaker Heather Stewart is a first time entrant.

Having just finished six weeks of working the night shift during vintage, Heather hasn’t had much of an opportunity to train, but is still looking forward to the challenge.
“I am totally unprepared, but I’m hoping the excitement and atmosphere of the day will give me the adrenaline to make it to the finish line,” Heather says.
“My Mum, Aunty and Uncle have come down from Auckland to compete also, so it’s going to be fun!”

With it’s festival-esque atmosphere, centred in our stunning vineyards, the Vineyard Half is also a great opportunity for us to showcase our province to our distributors and retailers.  We’re hosting a group of people from Negociants Australia and the Melbourne restaurant Squires Loft City Steakhouse who are all taking part in the event too.

Welcome from the Saint Clair Family Estate cellar door and cafe staff

Welcome from the Saint Clair Family Estate cellar door and cafe staff

The Vineyard Half begins and finishes at our cellar door and cafe in Selmes Rd, which will be open for wine tastings and relaxed meals, including our Vintners’ Plate with homemade focaccia bread, warm lamb and beetroot salad or decadent blue cheese and caramelised onion tart. Click here for the full menu: 2014 May Cellar Door Half Marathon Menu

We’ll also have a stall outside, where we’ll be serving our legendary homemade chicken pies for $6, sausage sizzle for $3 and vegetable or chicken wraps for $5.  

With the Vineyard Half on Saturday and Mothers’ Day on Sunday, we are expecting our cellar door to be busy and highly recommend booking to secure a table.

Our famous homemade chicken pies

Our famous homemade chicken pies

Topping off our exciting line up this weekend, all the families dining at the cellar door on Mothers’ Day will be entertained by 15 members of the Picton ukulele band SOUP (Sounds Orchestral Ukulele Players).

In celebration of the Vineyard Half and Mothers’ Day, we’ve put together some special wine packs, which make wonderful souvenirs and gifts.

Good luck to all Vineyard Half participants, and all the best for achieving your goals on Saturday, from all of us at Saint Clair Family Estate.

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