AN INNOVATIVE MINDSET
Here at Brancott Estate, we've had an eye on the future right from the start. From purchasing land across Marlborough and planting the region's first Sauvignon Blanc vines, to building a world-class winery and exporting globally – our forward-thinking mindset shapes everything we do. We want to inspire others to see the world with fresh eyes.
A FRESH APPROACH
Brancott Estate has been looking to the future since the beginning, advocating sustainability across all aspects of winemaking and helping found sustainable winemaking in New Zealand. That's why we looked to our surroundings to help us find an unconventional solution to an age-old problem.
Our team of ‘woolly workers’ – around 1,900 sheep – helps us prepare for harvest every year by plucking the leaves from our vine canopies to uncover bunches of ripening grapes. This leaf removal is particularly important for Pinot Noir vines, in order to expose the developing fruit to sunlight. Not only are sheep quicker than human leaf pluckers, they are just the right height to pluck the leaves that surround the bunches without damaging the canopy above. Thankfully, with bellies full of lush green goodness, they're not interested in sampling our grapes.