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

  • If only you could smell a picture!🍷 🍾

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  • Our team getting stuck into the Burleigh Pie pairing competition! Any excuse really!? 🥧 🍷 

Each year The Burleigh Gourmet Pies challenge Marlburnian wineries to find the perfect pairing between fabulous local wines and legendary Burleigh pies. Each winery will submit their perfect pairing (wine & pie) which goes to a panel of expert judges and all money raised from this outstanding challenge goes towards local charities. Fingers crossed! 🤞 

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  • Our Winemaker and Viticulturist, Hamish Clark led a group of keen staff to visit a nearby estate vineyard to demonstrate the Saint Clair way of pruning vineyards. A great education session to learn about the pruning process and the importance for not only the current year, but the year ahead for the vine yield and fruit quality. Hamish described it as one of the most important tasks of the year. ***Tap our bio to learn more about the Saint Clair way***

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  • Fantastic to have four of our wines featured at the Gimblett Gravels Advintage tasting event in Havelock North on 12th August. Great to be part of this special tasting in Hawkes Bay! ***Tap on bio to find out more about this event*** 

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  • We recently held our anticipated growers tasting for the new vintage 2020 Sauvignon Blanc at the Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen.

Both Neal Ibbotson and Hamish Clark spoke about the challenges faced during a difficult harvest and expressed thanks to all involved. Stand out tasting for the event was Pioneer Block 11 Sauvignon Blanc from growers, Sandra & Colin MacKay and a big congratulations to Jason and Jenny Neil for taking out top spot tasting for the Wairau Reserve 2020. 

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  • Brunch at Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen, the perfect start to your Sunday! Why not!

Vineyard Kitchen open 10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sundays.

Photo 👉 @samchris_downunder

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  • Heavenly flavours from one our most highly awarded wines, the Saint Clair Family Estate Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 🙌 #saintclairwine #nzwine
  • A couple of pics in from Kyle Thompson our Senior Winemaker who is judging at the New World Wine Awards atm.  These wines are from the Sauvignon Blanc category which Kyle has said are a “stunning line-up this year - the New World customers are in for a treat!” 🥂 #newworldwineawards #nzwine

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