Forrest Estate Winery
Doctors John and Brigid Forrest are Forrest, a small, very much ‘hands-on” producer of premium quality white wine from their home vineyards in Marlborough. Whilst in partnership they produce the Cornerstone Bordeaux red from their vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels Region of Hawke’s Bay and premium Pinot Noir from their vineyards in Bannockburn and the Waitaki Valley, Otago.
Leaving behind careers in molecular biology and medicine, John and Brigid returned to Marlborough in 1988 to establish their first vineyard at Renwick – at the heart of the stony Wairau River Valley.
Vintage 1990 saw the first Forrest wine and immediate success with a trophy at the national wine awards – success that has been repeated many times both nationally and internationally over the subsequent vintages.
To the often asked question “why did you do it?” the answer is, a mixture of the wine ‘passion’ and a desire to achieve and be recognised and rewarded for one’s efforts. In hindsight we struck upon a career which suits our personalities – a perfect blend of art and science.
Grape growing and winemaking is an exacting science, however it must have the artistic touch to give the wines ‘soul’. That individual expression of style is the trademark of our wines – rich aromatic white wine, and powerfully scented reds – all impeccably structured and a joy to drink.
The Marlborough winery features two hectares of shady parkland for picnics, a garden winebar and tasting rooms. Forrest Estate takes pride in its warm, friendly and informative service. If you have time and make arrangements the owners will take you through the vineyard, winery and, of course, wine tasting. You can also meet and admire the work of Timothy Mark, artist in residence.
- Forrest Estate Botrytised Riesling 2004 (Champion Medium Sweet or Sweet Wine) (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2004, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)