THE FIRST MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Until the 1970s, Marlborough was just another pretty pocket of New Zealand, considered too cold for anything but sheep grazing. But here at Brancott Estate, we've always loved a challenge. Discover how our founders went against the grain to create Marlborough's first ever Sauvignon Blanc, changing the face of the region forever.
LAYING THE GROUNDWORK
FROM MARLBOROUGH TO THE WORLD
A GROWING RECOGNITION
By 1990 the wine industry in Marlborough had become significant enough to welcome a visit from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, who planted a vine on Festival Block, home of the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival since 1987. That same year saw the appointment of a new cellar hand, Patrick Materman, who would go on to become Chief Winemaker and lead the exploration into new expressions of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Our 1996 Marlborough Chardonnay was voted International Wine of the Year and winemaker Andy Frost was named White Winemaker of the Year at the London International Wine Challenge. Today, Andy heads up our Wine Innovation programme, drawing on his vast experience to develop new expressions of Marlborough.