The Saint Clair family has been producing fine wine in Marlborough, New Zealand, since 1994. The winery offers a wide range of varieties available in four ranges: the Reserve Range, the Pioneer Blocks, the Premium Range, and Vicar's Choice. The owners, Neal and Judy Ibbotson, have been viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978, and today, the winery farms six estate vineyards covering several hundred acres in different sites in Marlborough, including the Rapaura, Awatere, Waihopai and Omaka Valleys. The Saint Clair name originates from the vineyard property, first settled by the Sinclair Family.The winemaker is Matt Thomson who has made wine in Burgundym Bordeaux and Italy and frequently travels to Europe. The winery was avoided the trophy for Best New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2005. Saint Clair Family Estate was the first New Zealand wine company to win major international trophies for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the same year. Saint Clair has won more top awards for Sauvignon Blanc in recent years than any of the three to four hundred other local producers.