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22 October 2014
Local Winemaker Appoints New GM Sales to Continue Global Growth
Allan Scott Wines and Estates Limited have announced the appointment of Mitchell Gardiner as General Manager Sales to help continue the company’s growth strategy both internationally and locally.

A widely-experienced sales manager, Mr Gardiner joins Allan Scott Family Winemakers after 9 years as a senior sales manager with Toops Wholesale, a key subsidiary of the Foodstuffs North Island Co-Op Society Limited.

During his tenure at Toops, Mr Gardiner drove hospitality sales 450% to become the largest company category, while also achieving growth in otherwise declining markets and restructured regional liquor distribution.  Prior to this, Mr Gardiner made his mark with Hawkes Bay Liquor Ltd, initially managing Key Accounts and On Premise before being given responsibility for their Wholesale Division.

His appointment will allow Allan Scott Family Wines to continue a growth strategy which has been enhanced by record harvests for volume and quality during recent years.  “To achieve that strategy, the sales team requires additional experience, vision, skills and determination, with Mr Gardiner’s appointment reflecting all those attributes,” says Victoria Scott, director of marketing for Allan Scott Family Winemakers.

“Global prospects for Allan Scott Estate wines remain of high potential with good demand indicators, and it is important that we carefully capture such opportunities to ensure that market demand remains sustainable, and to add value to our carefully crafted varietals and continuing innovative blends meeting modern market norms.”

In addition, the domestic market remains very important to the company. While Allan Scott has a loyal and substantial following from those seeking consistently high quality wine, the market is now more demanding with some supply overhang including rising lower-value imported wines.

“Maintaining growth in our domestic market penetration and working with national distributors will be a key priority for Mr Gardiner,” says Ms Scott.

Allan Scott Family Winemakers was established in 1990, and is a leading local producer of quality wines. Along with the core range of Allan Scott Estate wines, there is a single vineyard selection of prestige wines, and a Methode Traditionelle range which includes five bubbles.

Mr Gardiner will commence his new role on 20th October 2014. For more information, see 
19 September 2014
Drink in Summer Days with Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc
With sunny days and warm nights just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about picnics by the water and lazy nights in the back garden with friends and family.

At Allan Scott Family Winemakers we know these delicious summer days go best with some casual snacks or a no-fuss dinner, plus a bottle of delightfully tasty Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Perfectly balanced with fresh citrus and nettles, plus hints of irresistible passionfruit and dried herbs, the Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 is a stunning example of New Zealand’s favourite white wine varietal for the warmer months.
The clean and delicate flavours make it an ideal bottle to share with friends at your next summer barbecue, or keep all to yourself for a romantic picnic with your loved one. Easily paired with many of your favourite seasonal dishes thanks to its light and fruity nature, we recommend trying it alongside some hot, crispy fish and chips!

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1 September 2014
GREAT SCOTT – Allan Scott Family Winemakers celebrate 25 years
This year, acclaimed Marlborough winemaker Allan Scott celebrates the 25th vintage at his namesake Blenheim-based vineyard. Allan Scott Family Winemakers released its first humble blend in 1990, and today creates multiple varieties with heavy demand for their wines in over 12 countries worldwide.
And the latest creations from the family run estate include the gorgeous new Allan Scott “Hounds” Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012, and just in time for summer, the stunning new Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014.
There is no doubt that this family is contributing to New Zealand’s stellar reputation for beautiful wines, created in a stunning part of the world.
But the love for Allan Scott wine is also strong closer to their roots, with New Zealand residents and ex-pat Kiwis spreading the word that this family-run business really is something special. A recent Trip Advisor review from an international visitor explains that she chose to visit Allan Scott vineyard while here on holiday because of ‘a recommendation from someone I met on the airplane’. And while Allan acknowledges that marketing and brand promotion sure has changed over the years, he still believes “this kind of marketing, word-of-mouth, is the best kind.”
Allan remembers the launch days well. “Our marketing ‘strategy’ back then was about as simple as friends recommending friends recommending friends…,” he laughs.
“We were one of a small number of businesses who made up the first wave of the independent wineries,” he says. “So it was an exciting yet challenging time for me and my wife Catherine.” Allan’s former experience with two significant vineyards armed him with the skills and the industry knowledge to take his own business venture to market.
Twenty-five years, millions of tons of grapes, a restaurant, and an elegant wedding venue later, the business of Allan Scott Family Winemakers requires a few more heads. Allan and Catherine’s estate now provides a career for their three children – all of whom respect the foundations of the business and hope to honour the brand and its values for generations to come.
Allan, Catherine and their adult children Victoria, Joshua and Sara head up the production and marketing management of Allan Scott Wines, alongside a highly-skilled operational team. All three of the Scott siblings grew up within this changing industry and iconic brand, and today their individual skills, strengths and qualifications form a beautiful foundation for the company’s continued evolvement. It’s this unique family business structure – filled with trust, passion and regular doses of humour – that makes Allan Scott a one-of-its-kind company for not only the Marlborough winegrowing region, but also a strong and tight-knit business unit within a challenging international industry.
And there’s certainly no shortage of variety at Allan Scott, which means that whether you’re a social sipper, or a serious wine connoisseur, your wine-loving palate will certainly be pleased. Alongside Allan Scott Estate wines, there is a single vineyard selection of prestige wines, which uses the best grapes and careful cellaring to produce a limited volume of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir, with names like Hounds and Wallops to depict their origin. The winery also retails a popular Methode Traditionnelle range, which includes five bubbles – all produced on site. And the most recent addition to the family holdings is their Scott Base Vineyard in Central Otago.
This modest family has been bringing home the wine awards for years, however the most recent notations are the array of 2014 Cool Climate Wine Show Awards, where the 2013 Riesling, Moorlands Riesling and Pinot Noir, and the 2012 Pinot Noir all claimed a medal. Allan Scott Wine is also a regular fixture in the Air New Zealand Wine Awards and the family’s individual winemakers are enjoying personal accolades as well, with Allan being awarded a 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honour for services to the NZ wine industry, and son Joshua Scott being acknowledged as a finalist in two of the recent Australian Young Winemaker of the Year Awards.
It seems that for the Scott family, mixing business with the frequent drop of pleasure has been nothing short of a recipe for success. 

8 July 2014
Dine In this Winter with Allan Scott Pinot Noir
As the weather cools and the patter of rain on our windows becomes an almost daily occurrence, it’s easy to see why many of us favour a cosy night in, complete with a hearty meal and our favourite bottle of wine by the fire.
At Allan Scott we know that winter nights in, need to be cherished and celebrated and what better way to do it than with a bottle of our delicious Allan Scott “Hounds” Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012.
Carried on a rich oak base with soft aromatics in dark cherry, ripe berry fruits and cocoa, the Allan Scott “Hounds” Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 flows beautifully onto the palate creating a warming winter wine with plenty of life.
Perfectly matched to seasonal favourites, roasts of red meat, slices of strong cheeses and sizzling cuts of wild game, the Allan Scott “Hounds” Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 epitomises the versatility a great Pinot Noir presents while bringing its own eloquence to your heart-warming winter cuisine.
Allan Scott Winemaker Matthew Elrick, credits keen attention and hard work for the unique and impressive character of the Allan Scott “Hounds” Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012.
“It’s a concerted team effort starting at pruning and every small step through to selection of only the best oak barrels of Pinot Noir from our  “Hounds” blocks. 
“We want the Hounds Pinot Noir to reflect the best of both the vineyards and the vintage from which the grapes have come, 2012 was cooler than usual, this particularly suits Pinot Noir grapes because they can hang out longer allowing flavours to develop and strengthen without getting too high a sugar (hence alcohol) level,” he says.
Allan Scott “Hounds” Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 (RRP $31) and the full range of Allan Scott Wines are available from Glengarry Wines and online at

9 April 2014
Celebrate In Sophisticated Style This Mother’s Day – with Allan Scott!
Polish your best champagne glasses, pop the cork and propose a toast in sophisticated style this Mother’s Day, with Allan Scott Cecilia Brut NV!
Fun and fruity, Allan Scott Cecilia Brut NV is a Methode Traditionnelle style wine that expertly blends Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, adding a deliciously silky sparkle to Mum’s day.
With its pale straw hue, wild white strawberries and stone fruit flavours, Allan Scott Cecilia is the perfect aperitif partner for a creative Mother’s Day antipasto – think creamy brie, exotic dried fruits, rich garlicky crostini and beautiful rustic homemade dips. Boasting a voluptuously long lasting and creamy finish, Allan Scott Cecilia can be enjoyed late into the evening.
Owner of Allan Scott Family Winemakers, Allan Scott, says Cecilia is produced on site in a purpose-built Methode Traditionnelle facility, creating bubbles using time honoured methods. 
“A Methode Traditionnelle style wine, Cecilia is a blend of fruit from three different vineyards, with each vineyard prepared meticulously to ensure flavoursome crops that express themselves individually in a blended wine,” says Scott.
“What better way to celebrate Mums this Mother’s Day than to pop the cork on a bottle of Cecilia – a sophisticated drop that says a fun, fruity thank you to all the Mums out there.”
Allan Scott Cecilia Brut NV (RRP $29) and the full range of Allan Scott Wines are available from Glengarry’s and online at


20 March 2014
Kiwi Designed System Set to Eliminate Wastewater in Vineyards and Dairy Farms
A new Kiwi designed water filtration system which can eliminate wastewater could save New Zealand wineries thousands of dollars annually, has significant export potential for international wine producers and is already being championed by the local dairy industry.
The new waste management process created by Scott Biotechnologies and Allan Scott winemaker Matt Elrick, is designed to rapidly filter the winery’s waste fluids allowing the clean, odourless by product to be reused as irrigation for the vines.
Elrick says the new prototype was created to deal with the Allan Scott winery’s wastewater after growing frustration with traditional wastewater disposal methods, which were expensive, created ponding and associated issues.
He says wineries throughout New Zealand have already tried and failed to come up with a better system for dealing with waste-water at peak times, but many simply revert back to the simple septic tank system.
“With a traditional tank system wastewater settles in a tank, overflows into the next tank, settles there then overflows into the next tank. This means at harvest there often isn’t enough settling time so solids and nutrients tend to jump through the systems faster than the system needs to allow it to be treated, that means you end up with a pretty bad smell,” he says.
The new system which Elrick helped design, means wastewater will now be pumped through a spin separator which uses a cannon to create a centrifugal force and allow clean water to be ejected out of the top and sludge to be forced out of the bottom.
“The clear water goes direct to a discharge tank where it is further filtered and discharged via drip irrigation line onto the vineyard.  The remaining sludge waste solids goes through a series of chambers where it can be easily scattered around the vineyard to release its nutrients,” he says.
Elrick believes the technology has significant potential for both wineries and other industries which produce wastewater - including the growing dairy industry.
It is capable of rapidly processing the waste product from winery’s entire harvest without any delay or loss of production efficiency.
“Excess waste production is a huge issues for New Zealand’s horticultural and agricultural industries. In addition to making us more environmentally friendly, this cost reduction technology will also make us more competitive internationally.” says Elrick.
“Essentially we are using our winery wash-downs to create a reusable resource, which is reducing the amount of water drawn from the bore to irrigate our vineyard,” he says.
The introduction of the wastewater system is the latest in a series of environmental sustainability initiatives introduced by the winery designed to reduce their carbon footprint.
These eco-friendly strategies include recycling of cardboard and plastics as well as crushing grass for use in pathways and drives.   


5 February 2014
Put the Sparkle in Your Valentine’s Day with Allan Scott Les Joues Rouges
Whether it’s a picnic in the park, a casual get together with friends or a decadent dessert night in for two, make sure you’re ready to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in style with Allan Scott Les Joues Rouges.
A true Méthode Traditionnelle, this delicious Sparkling Rosé is made from 100 percent Pinot Noir grapes, to create a complex, yet elegant Rosé.
Dry, crisp and very refreshing, Allan Scott Family Winemakers’ Les Joues Rouges showcases an array of wild summer fruits, including ripe strawberries and raspberries which reveal a mouthwatering, fresh fruit finish.
The delicate aromas are enhanced by the bubbles, while the soft pink shade ensures Les Joues Rouges looks as good as it tastes!
The Allan Scott family lovingly produces this wine on its purpose built Méthode Traditionnelle facility using age-old methods to ensure each vintage is as perfect as the last.
Winemaker Allan Scott says a great wine is “essential” on Valentine’s Day and provides the centrepiece to a memorable evening.
“Les Joues Rouges is an ideal drop to impress a loved one - it is fun but sophisticated and is excellent served either as an aperitif or paired with a summer dessert.”
Allan Scott Family Winemakers Les Joues Rouges (RRP $26.00) is available online at and Glengarry stores.  
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