Allan Scott is one of the true pioneers and a name synonymous with New Zealand’s acclaimed Marlborough region. Located on Jackson’s Road, Marlborough surrounded by 80 hectares of premium vineyards, Allan along with wife Catherine founded the Allan Scott Family Winemakers label in 1990 quickly becoming a household brand name in the highly competitive wine industry. Today the entire family are involved heading up the production and marketing management of the company with a highly skilled operational team.
Loads of things happened in 1973. They opened the Sydney Opera House, Princess Anne married Mark Phillips, Pink Floyd released Dark Side of the Moon and the team at Montana Wines planted pinot noir on the outskirts of Blenheim alongside some new-fangled sauvignon blanc. While it got off to a shaky start, pinot plantings here in New Zealand’s largest wine region soon ventured forth from the stony, free-draining river terraces and up into the clay-based, north facing slopes of the surrounding hills. New clonal material began soaking its way across the countryside and it didn’t take long for wine producers to be wowed by this beguiling Burgundian. But why is this part of New Zealand so conducive to churning our complex, concentrated pinot noir? Simple really. Marlborough has a more regular, extended growing season than either Martinborough or Central Otago. It boasts warm days, cool nights and it’s not battered so much by the southerly winds that can disrupt flowering for growers in Martinborough, it’s also not as susceptible to the vicious frosts which can ravage the more southerly Central Otago.
So while the world was being slapped in the face with the regions stunning sauvignon blanc, pinot noir was quietly bubbling away in the background. Producers here knew they had something special, but it took time to perfect, they kept it almost secret. But by the mid 1990’s Marlborough’s winemakers were well and truly getting their heads around its potential and the gold medals began pouring in. With plantings now spanning the Wairau, Waihopai, Omaka, Brancott and Awatere Valleys, Marlborough is home to some pinot perfectionists, making it a force to be reckoned with.
ONE PLACE. PURE MARLBOROUGH.
Wines that reflect the purity from the place they come from.
Ara defines our philosophy. It is Māori for pathway and captures our journey and connection with our Marlborough home. Sitting on the edge of the world Marlborough’s extreme climate can present challenges. However, our winemaking and viticulture teams embrace challenge –and use it to create intensely flavoured wines that illustrate our ‘Ara’ or path on the edge of the world.
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Brancott Estate is the pioneer of the Marlborough winegrowing region, planting the first Sauvignon Blanc vines on Brancott Vineyard and creating the first Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, now one of the world’s favourite wine styles. As well as exploring new expressions of Sauvignon Blanc, we also pioneered Marlborough Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Gris. Brancott Estate wines are crafted by determined, passionate winemakers, supported by talented viticulturists who nurture and sustain our precious vineyards.
Churton was established in 1997 by Sam and Mandy Weaver.From site selection and bio-dynamic practices through tolow intervention winemaking, Churton produces exceptional terroir driven wines.
Churton is a 22 hectare single vineyard and encompasses an undulating ridge line between the Omaka and Waihopai valleys in Marlborough, New Zealand.Dedicated to producing just four varietals (sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, viognier and petit manseng), the Churton vineyard in composed of 18 singular blocks each with its own unique aspect and topography.
Clos Henri Vineyard
CLOS HENRI VINEYARD
Corofin is the artisan winemaking project of Mike and Anna Paterson, which evolved to tell the story of some pretty special Marlborough Pinot sites. It has become a collaboration with farmers whose vineyards have and will produce fruit that acts as a beacon of individual terroir. The hope with all Corofin wines is to transmit a sense of place and season first, over fruit intensity or winemaking ambition.
Dog Point Vineyards
DOG POINT VINEYARDS
Esk Valley Estate
ESK VALLEY ESTATE
Hans Herzog Estate
HANS HERZOG ESTATE
As modern pioneers, Jackson Estate has been in the business for over 25 years, quietly getting on with hand crafting premium wines with elegance, finesse and longevity.
With total respect for our land and focussing on low cropping levels, small batch fermentation, single vineyard fruits and minimal winemaking intervention, we strive to achieve incremental improvements year on year, in a sustainably responsible way.
We remain 100 percent kiwi-owned and are staying put on our perfectly balanced soils, growing our beautifully mature vines in this incredible Marlborough climate.
Jules Taylor Wines
You can’t have a wine label named Jules Taylor without having a Jules Taylor. Jules is the eponymous winemaker, the dreamer, the motivator and godmother to several hundred thousand little grapes. Born and bred Marlburian, Jules has seen the transformation that the wine industry brought to the region and with this life long association she brings to her winemaking an intimate understanding of the interplay between the grape and Marlborough’s variety of climates and soils.
JULES TAYLOR WINES
Kono Beverages - Tohu Wines
KONO BEVERAGES - TOHU WINES
Lawson's Dry Hills
Hills, who from a humble, yet pioneering start over 20 years ago, create today’s a range of world-class wines.
We live and breathe every part of the process with our hands-on, sustainable approach, from nurturing the grapes in our vineyards through to every aspect of the winemaking process.
We talk, we taste and we talk some more, pouring our shared inspiration into every bottle. And with the global awards we receive every year, this collaborative and inquiring approach seems to make quite a difference.
LAWSON'S DRY HILLS
Left Field - Te Awa Collection
Our whimsical approach to exploration, creativity and imagination is embodied in Left Field Wines. It is the birthplace of the unexpected, the weird and wonderful. Winemaker: Richard Painter
LEFT FIELD - TE AWA COLLECTION
Saint Clair Family Estate
SAINT CLAIR FAMILY ESTATE
Spy Valley Wines
New Zealand, family owned winery ‘Spy Valley’ has derived its name from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley – a spy base. Nine varieties of grapes are grown over 400 acres to produce premium fruit for Spy Valley Wines. Unlike the world of espionage, Spy Valley’s wine has demanded global attention, the wine has been called “impossible to ignore” and the company “among the planet’s 20 most notable new producers.”
SPY VALLEY WINES
Staete Landt Wine Company Limited
STAETE LANDT WINE COMPANY LIMITED
Te Whare Ra Wines
TE WHARE RA WINES
Two Rivers of Marlborough
Established in 2004, Two Rivers of Marlborough takes its name from the iconic rivers that feed Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere Valleys.
Winemaker, David Clouston, selects the finest parcels of fruit from the banks of the Wairau and the Awatere rivers to craft his wines to express the different microclimates unique to these two rivers.
The aim at Two Rivers is to capture and emphasise Marlborough’s intense power, while producing complex, elegant wines with a slight European flair.
TWO RIVERS OF MARLBOROUGH
In 1888 Anthony Joseph Vidal arrived in New Zealand as one of the first winemakers to appreciate the natural potential of Hawkes Bay. He established Vidal Estate in 1905 and his commitment to crafting classic, elegant wines remains an inspiration to this day.
Today’s Vidal Estate winemaker, Hugh Crichton has two key philosophies; minimal intervention allowing transparency of vineyard and vintage to bottle and the pursuit of “food friendly” wines exhibiting balance, concentration and elegance.
Villa Maria Estate
VILLA MARIA ESTATE
Wither Hills Vineyards
Named after the southern landmark range of Wither Hills that border our vineyards, our focused, hands-on approach to winegrowing allows us to make a range of wines that reflect our passion for the ‘place where we stand’.
WITHER HILLS VINEYARDS
Yealands Family Wines
By 08.08.08, through a bold vision and a capacity for sheer hard work that few could comprehend, Peter Yealands was standing alongside his world-leading carboNZero CertTM Yealands Estate winery with his sights firmly set upon becoming the world’s most sustainable wine producer. Combining the very latest cutting-edge green technology and highly innovative thinking, the Yealands name has quickly became synonymous with a passion for crafting ultra-premium wines in the most environmentally-friendly manner.