Marisco Vineyards combines a family history steeped in the very beginnings of grape growing in Marlborough with a bold entrepreneurial spirit.
Founder Brent Marris grew up on some of the very first vineyards in Marlborough, planted by his father. As a young winemaker he was responsible for the development of two major brands: Oyster Bay, and subsequently Wither Hills as owner and creator.
Tapping into this deep well of knowledge, Brent selected a number of outstanding local sites as a base for a venture to create his own family legacy - Marisco Vineyards. These vineyards now produce world renowned brands such as The Ned and The Kings Series, as well as targeted niche brands including The Craft Series.
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier
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The Ned Pinot Gris has a lovely salmon pink hue in the glass. This is achieved by soaking the freshly picked Pinot Gris grapes on their skins for 8-10 hours to extract colour and all those delicious flavours.
Driven by a love of viticulture and winemaking instilled in his teens, Brent was the first local lad to become a qualified winemaker. In 1994, after helping Delegats Wine Estate establish the Oyster Bay brand, he founded Wither Hills and then several years later combined with his father, pioneering Marlborough viticulturist John Marris. Eight years on, the brand had grown dramatically and was sold to multi-national beverage company Lion Nathan. Brent continued as managing director and chief winemaker until 2007.
Marisco Vineyards was conceived in 2003, when Brent began his search for a special vineyard property to provide a base for his next venture. This time the aim for him and his wife, Rosemary, was to establish a family legacy that could be enjoyed for generations.
More than 80% of Marisco Vineyards' wines are exported to 13 countries around the world.
Only five years after releasing its first wine, Marisco Vineyards was crowned New Zealand Winery of the Year at the 2011 International Wine and Spirits Challenge. Since winning that prestigious accolade, Marisco Vineyards has continued to grow vineyard resource, winemaking expertise, wine brands and distribution.
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