Brancott Estate

We were the first to plant and create the world’s first Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wine – a style that has since changed the course of our country’s wine industry.

Beginning in 1934 as Montana Wines, our new name of Brancott Estate is inspired by Brancott Vineyard – our original Marlborough vineyard and home. From the very beginning, our connection to the land and our commitment to its care and preservation remain central to our winemaking philosophy. While Marlborough is our home, we also craft wines from other renowned winegrowing regions of New Zealand – wines that continue to be judged among the best in shows the world over, and most importantly – by wine lovers.

The skill and dedication of our winemakers and viticulturists is evident in every bottle of Brancott Estate wine, as is the care and respect for the land and natural resources that allow us to produce each and every one.

Winemaker

Patrick Materman - Chief Winemaker

Patrick Materman joined us in February 1990 - and with the experience of over 20 vintages, he has been part of the rapid growth and success of both Brancott Estate wines - and the New Zealand wine industry as a whole.

Patrick spent the first four years with us as a cellar hand, then as a trainee winemaker, before moving to Marlborough in 1994 as an assistant winemaker. In 2001, Winestate Magazine awarded Patrick with the ‘New Zealand Winemaker of the Year’ title.

At age six Patrick decided he would study horticulture at Massey University and embark on growing flowers, "a Dutch father’s influence" he explains. Floriculture turned into winemaking - and he now considers spending time in vineyards as one of the most important aspects of his job. This involves monitoring vineyard blocks, tasting fruit and determining the optimum harvest date.

Eternally curious for opportunities to improve our wines, Patrick is fascinated with the effect of terroir on wine style - seeking to better understand and highlight Marlborough’s sub-regional differences, as well as the differences between regions.

Tasting Room

Heritage Centre phone +64 3 520 6975

Includes:
A restaurant specialising in regional, seasonal produce
A cellar door, wine tastings and tours
Rare opportunity to see the endangered New Zealand Falcon
Premium private hosting and tasting facilities
Environmentally sympathetic design and construction
Plus, Guided Wine Experiences

Our History

In 1975 we took the pioneering step of planting Sauvignon Blanc grapes at our Brancott Vineyard in Marlborough - at the time a region considered too cold for grapes. By 1979 we first shared with the country a wine variety that was soon to take the world by storm.

From humble beginnings in 1934, we sold our first wines in 1944 and have since grown to become one of our country’s leading range of wines – in no small part due to the success of our, now world famous, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Montana Wines (as we were then known) founder, Frank Yukich uttered the seemingly prophetic words “wines from here will become world famous”, at the planting of the first commercial grapes in Marlborough six years earlier – today these are firmly embedded in our country’s wine industry folklore.

"In the early 1970's the conventional wisdom in the New Zealand wine industry was that wine grapes would not ripen in the South Island. Montana Wines disregarded that ‘wisdom’ and planted vines in Marlborough on a grand scale. Included in the first plantings was the, at the time, little-known variety of Sauvignon Blanc." - Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers.

In 1975, when we took the brave steps of planting the first Sauvignon Blanc vines at our Brancott Vineyard in Marlborough, little did we know the company would grow to become New Zealand's largest producer and exporter of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wine. According to Philip Gregan, this decision proved to be one of the most "momentous ever taken" in the New Zealand wine industry.

The release of the first vintage of our Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in 1979 was the beginning of a phenomenon which, has not only placed New Zealand firmly on the international map, but has also since become the basis for the New Zealand wine industry’s world-wide reputation.

Within 10 years of its first vintage, our Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc had won the prestigious ‘Marquis de Goulaine trophy for best Sauvignon Blanc’ at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.

On March 6 2009 we raised a toast to the 30th vintage of our internationally-acclaimed Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. At the celebrations held at our iconic Brancott Vineyard, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key joined Frank Yukich to unveil a special monument that immortalises our company founder and the pioneering steps we took in the 1970s.

Our remarkable history is a constant source of inspiration for all of us behind Brancott Estate wines.

Wine Awards

  • Brancott Estate Reserve Brut Cuvee NV (Royal Easter Wine Show 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Brancott Estate Brancott B Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2011 TROPHY (Royal Easter Wine Show 2012, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Brancott Estate Special Reserve Pinot Gris 2012 TROPHY (Royal Easter Wine Show 2013, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Brancott Estate Special Reserve Fume Blanc 2013 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2014, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • BRANCOTT ESTATE BRANCOTT MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • BRANCOTT ESTATE RESERVE HAWKES BAY PINOT GRIS 2009 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • BRANCOTT ESTATE RESERVE SPARKLING PINOT NOIR NV (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • BRANCOTT ESTATE - BRUT CUVEE RESERVE - NV (Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, Award Winning Wines)
  • BRANCOTT ESTATE - PINOT NOIR - 2010 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, Award Winning Wines)
  • BRANCOTT ESTATE - BRANCOTT LATE HARVEST SAUVIGNON BLANC - 2011 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, Award Winning Wines)
  • Brancott Estate Living Land Series Marlborough Pinot Gris 2010 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Brancott Estate Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Brancott Estate Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Brancott Estate Letter Series Late Harvest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Pure Gold (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Brancott Estate Letter Series B Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (International Wine and Spirit 2013, Gold Medal winners)
  • Brancott Estate Renwick Marlborough Sauvignon Gris, 2010 (International Wine Challenge 2011, Gold Medal Winners)
  • Brancott Estate Showcase Series Sauvignon Gris, 2010 (International Wine Challenge 2011, Gold Medal Winners)

180 Brancott Road
Blenheim
Marlborough

P: +64 3 520 6975

CONTACT: Cellar Door