Brancott Estate is a pioneer winegrower of the Marlborough region and one of the main wine producers of New Zealand’s South Island.
As early as 1973, they planted the first grapes at Brancott Vineyard against the local belief that the South Island was too cold to cultivate grapes. They planted their first Sauvignon Blanc in 1975 and released the first ever Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in 1979.
We all know how popular the style has now become on the international stage, and how the region proved ideal for what has now become New Zealand’s iconic grape variety.
The producer has since continued to explore the potential of Marlborough region, being the first to plant Pinot Noir.
In 2011 at the occasion of the Rugby World Cup hosted in New Zealand (and won by the All Blacks!), the ‘Brancott Estate’ name was adopted globally, replacing Brancott in US and the ‘Montana’ brand in other countries.
Brancott has now become one of the largest wine estates in Marlborough, and New Zealand in general, with wines found in more than 50 countries and on all the main worldwide wine markets.
Michael Cooper wrote in the Second Edition of his Wine Atlas of New Zealand (2008 – Hodder Moa): “Nearly 15 percent of the country’s entire grape crop avalanched in 2007 into Montana Brancott Winery, near Blenheim”, giving an idea of how significant the producer is for NZ.
Wines & Ranges
Brancott Estate ranges of wine include:
- Classic: the most popular varietals are crafted in order to represent “the cool, sunny climate, rugged topography and young soils of New Zealand”. Classic range includes Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio), Sauvignon Gris, Chardonnay, Hawke’s Bay Merlot, and Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon
- Terroir series: a selection of quality wines from varied terroir within the Marlborough region: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Fumé Blanc, and Chardonnay
- Letter Series: generally single vineyard wines named in honour of iconic vineyards. The range includes: B’ Sauvignon Blanc, ‘T’ Pinot Noir ‘R’ Sauvignon Gris, ‘O’ Chardonnay. ‘F’ Pinot Gris, ‘P’ Gewürztraminer, and ‘B’ Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
- Flight: a naturally lighter alcohol, full-flavoured wine range first released in 2012
- Chosen Rows: a drastic selection of the best Sauvignon Blanc blocks on Brancott wide estates creating an age-worthy Sauvignon Blanc. First vintage in 2013.
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Patrick Materman joined Brancott in February 1990 and was appointed Chief Winemaker in 2009
Find out more information about the winery on their website Brancottestate.com
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