Saint Clair Family Estate
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Saint Clair Family Estate

Marlbourough - New Zealand

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. 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.Their first wines were only produced in 1994, but Saint Clair Family Estate has a growing reputation as one of New Zealand’s leading wine companies with an exceptional quality record. A wide choice in Marlborough Vineyard sites, including the Wairau, Awatere and Ure Valleys, allows Saint Clair to specialise its plantings by grape variety in the sub-regions that provide the most suitable terroir for each. 

Saint Clair’s 'state of the art' winery is situated equal distance between Saint Clair's Awatere Valley Vineyard and Wairau Valley Vineyards. Built for production from the 2006 harvest, the winery is capable of crushing 400 tonnes of fruit per day. It features state of the art equipment including high-tec refrigeration control and monitoring software to further enhance the quality of Saint Clair award-winning wines. The winery boasts a large temperature controlled barrel hall for storage of up to 850 oak barriques. The Saint Clair Family Estate winery is extremely functional and continues to be developed to meet the specific needs for Saint Clair's quality wine production.