Since 1994 when the first vintage of Saint Clair won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today. International accolades include the coveted trophy for Best New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2005. Saint Clair also has the distinction of being the first New Zealand wine company to win major international trophies for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the same year as well as producing New Zealand's most highly awarded Sauvignon Blanc in the last 5 years, the Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.
Saint Clair's success is founded on the 27 years of extensive pioneering viticulture, combined with the highest quality winemaking practices lead by winemaker, Matt Thompson. Neal's and Judy's passion for their Marlborough vineyards and award-winning range of wines is continuing to build their growing reputation in New Zealand and in the 35 markets around the world to which they export. Saint Clair has six vineyards in different areas throughout Marlborough, including the Rapaura, Awatere, Waihopai and Omaka Valleys. Only superior fruit from the best locations for each individual variety is selected for the Saint Clair label. A wide choice in vineyard sites allows specialization by grape variety at key locations.
Other factors that contribute to Saint Clair's mark of quality include an open canopy with good light and airflow, leaf plucking, fruit and shoot thinning, stringent fruit selection, and minimal use of sprays. After harvest, the fruit is moved rapidly under cool conditions from vine to press to preserve fruit quality and character. Saint Clair produces a number of varietals that are available in four ranges at varying price levels: Vicar's Choice, Saint Clair Premium, Saint Clair Pioneer Block, Saint Clair Reserve. Each of these wines is made with fruit from specific vineyard sites in Marlborough specially selected for their ability to produce wines of uncompromising quality and character.