26 November 2013
Brancott Estate Heritage Centre wins International Wine Tourism Award
A New Zealand cellar door has won a 2014 International Best of Wine Tourism award with the Brancott Estate Heritage
Centre in Marlborough being the only New Zealand cellar door to win this prestigious award.
The Brancott Estate Heritage Centre, home of Brancott Estate wines, is located at Brancott Vineyard, the site of the
original Sauvignon Blanc plantings in Marlborough.
The Great Wine Capitals Global Network recently announced the winners of the 2014 International Best of Wine Tourism
awards at a ceremony held at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone campus in St. Helena, California. The nine
international winners were chosen from 53 local ‘Best Of‘ winners from nine Great Wine Capitals. In all, 350
applications were received this year.
As one of Marlborough’s premier cellar doors with majestic views over the region, the Brancott Estate Heritage Centre
offers a dining experience with exclusive wine tours and tastings. Equipped with the latest technology it also provides
an audio-visual experience, telling the story of the brand and the pioneering nature of its founders and winemakers. The
Brancott Estate Heritage Centre is state-of-the-art, designed to integrate seamlessly into the natural landscape and
showcase Brancott Vineyard.
Brancott Estate Heritage Centre won the “Innovative Wine Tourism” category for its ‘Mastery of Marlborough Sauvignon
Blanc’ a tutored wine tasting that demonstrates the diversity of the Marlborough Terroir and how it shapes Marlborough
“We’re thrilled to have won this prestigious International Wine Tourism Award in our second year since opening late
2011. The Marlborough region attracts a great number of wine tourism visitors annually and we’re proud that the Brancott
Estate Heritage Centre has been recognised with this International Award,” says Patrick Materman, chief winemaker for
“We’re very proud of this home for Brancott Estate which offers a valuable platform from which to honour the origins and
location of the original Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc plantings and the success of the varietal that’s gone on to become
the world’s favourite New Zealand wine style,” says Patrick.
The Brancott Estate Heritage Centre is a must see attraction in Marlborough, thanks to its unparalleled views over the
iconic vineyard, the famous Marlborough wine region and beyond – with views extending as far as the North Island on a
The Brancott Estate Heritage Centre is open seven days a week 10.00am - 4.30pm.
NOTES TO EDITORS
About the Great Wine Capitals Global Network
Founded in 1999, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network is an alliance of ten internationally renowned wine regions -
Bordeaux, France; Cape Town - Cape Winelands, South Africa; Marlborough - South Island, New Zealand; Florence - Italy,
Mainz - Rheinhessen, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Porto, Portugal; Bilbao - Rioja, Spain; Napa Valley, USA and
Valparaiso - Casablanca Valley, Chile.
The Best Of Wine Tourism awards serve as an industry benchmark for excellence and recognise leading wineries and
wine-tourism related businesses within each Great Wine Capital that have distinguished themselves in areas such as
innovation, service and sustainable practices. For more information visit http://www.greatwinecapitals.com.
About Brancott Estate
• BRANCOTT ESTATE. Honouring our Marlborough heritage, Brancott Estate wines take their name from our cherished
Brancott Vineyard, home of the original Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; one of the world’s favourite New Zealand wine
• In 1973, Brancott Vineyard was planted with grapes, a decision that went against the popular opinion of the time
that the South Island was too cold to grow grapes. In 1975, Brancott Vineyard was planted with the first Sauvignon Blanc
grapes in Marlborough.
• This pioneering determination and skill of our winemakers and viticulturists continues to be evident in every
bottle, as is the care and respect for the land that allow us to produce each and every one. Brancott Estate wines are
sourced from multiple vineyards.
BRANCOTT ESTATE is committed to sustainable practices and is a founding member of New Zealand’s original sustainable
winegrowing initiative established in 1995. This programme has since transformed into Sustainable Winegrowing New
Zealand (SWNZ). All vineyards and wineries are accredited under the scheme.
Enjoy Brancott Estate wines responsibly. www.brancottestate.com or follow us on /and /
Brancott Estate is a trademark of Pernod Ricard New Zealand Limited.