Brancott Estate Wines, Marlborough New Zealand
Brancott Estate History
Brancott Estate Wines founded the Marlborough wine region when they planted the first commercial vines in the region in 1973.
Initially called Montana and founded by a Croatian immigrant, Ivan Yukich. The initial plantings were in the Brancott valley, one of the southern valleys of the Wairau Valley. The vines were all planted by hand.
In addition, to ensure a straight line, they used a rifle sight to align the vines. They released their first Sauvignon Blanc in 1979 and were also the first winery to plant Pinot Noir in Marlborough.
The first Brancott Estate wines cellar door was at their winery on State Highway 1 south of Blenheim. This was a little away from other cellar doors, so recently they built the heritage center overlooking the Brancott Valley. If you are looking for stunning views then a visit here is a must.
Brancott Estate Wines
Their estate wines range are fruit forward easy drinking wines, highlighting the varieties first introduced to Marlborough.
Flight range offer lower alcohol wines, created using canopy management techniques to allow early harvest, while still containing full taste.
Living land series are organic wines from specific vineyards. These have added diversity, native vegetation and wetlands hence help protect the natural environment.
Terroir Series wines highlight the sub regions of Marlborough. They are distinctive wines from the Wairau and Awatere Valley.
The letter series wines are single vineyard wines. The letter defines the vineyard the grapes are grown in. These wines, made in small production quantities, with added attention to detail, therefore they are quality wines.
The Brancott Estate wines 'chosen rows' are top quality wines as a result of the fruit selection. To ensure top quality, the fruit for the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir is hand picked from specific vineyards. Both of these wines will improve if aged for a few years.
Sauvignon Gris is a very old grape variety from France. They were the first to grow this variety in Marlborough. The winery produces two Sauvignon Gris wines. One in their estate range and a single vineyard wine.
Some Cellar Door Pictures
Admiring the beautiful views over the Brancott valley during their wine tour
Tasting at the Brancott estate wines cellar door during a wine tour.