Neal and Judy Ibbotson are viticulture pioneers from Marlborough. Neal has a long background of farming, having a farm of pigs while working as a farm advisor for rural Marlborough farmers, before planting grapes in the early 70’s. Astounding viticultural knowledge combined with a large amount of passion, commitment, dedication and drive has assisted Neal and Judy in creating a leading New Zealand wine brand (Saint Clair Family Estate).
Saint Clair purchased the Lake Chalice brand in June 2016. Neal works closely with Winemaker Chloe Gabrielsen to create the best possible varietal Marlborough wines.