Saint Clair Family Estate is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978. Grapes were originally supplied to local wine companies; however a desire to extend the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine led to the establishment of Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994. The company's mission is to create world-class wines that exceed their customers' every expectation. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise plus Marlborough’s mix of climate and soils with the talent of one of New Zealand’s leading winemaking teams.
The company is a family business with the next generation also involved. Son Tony is responsible for the design of all Saint Clair’s packaging, promotional material and advertising. Daughters Sarina and Julie both work within the business in sales and marketing after studying wine business marketing at Adelaide.