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.