In 1990, Allan Scott Family Winemakers was born – a true family affair. Allan and Catherine oversee every aspect of the venture. Son Josh is the winemaker, while daughters Sara and Victoria are, respectively, viticulturist and marketing manager.
Allan is a farm boy who began his career in viticulture when viticulture began in Marlborough. He physically helped plant the region’s very first vineyard in 1973. Many of the vineyards he developed subsequently have gone on to win world recognition.
As a senior manager in a national wine company in the 1980s, Allan extended his skills as part of the winemaking team. In 1985, he bought land in the Rapaura district of Marlborough. This was to become the home of the family winemaking venture.
While their children have taken over many of the operational aspects, Allan still manages production overall.
Catherine is one of a small number of Marlborough winemakers who were actually born in the region. She grew up on a farm, where her family had been for generations. With her eye for detail and keen palate, she plays a guiding role in the winemaking. Catherine also takes personal responsibility for the cellar door and the Twelve Trees Restaurant at the winery.
Growing up in the middle of a vineyard, just across the road from the family winery, Josh has been around wine all his life. He has a Diploma in Viticulture and Wine Production from the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Apart from vintages in Marlborough, he has also worked in France and California’s Napa Valley over vintage. When he isn’t making wine, Josh enjoys sport and making beer in his boutique brewery, Moa.
In her school years, Sara enjoyed working in vineyards during holidays. After school, she completed a Diploma in Viticulture. Apart from working for a range of wineries in New Zealand, Sara also has experience of wine production in California. She has a particular interest in sustainability and organic production practices. Like her brother, she plays sport at representative level.
After leaving school Victoria trained to become the restaurant manager in one of the largest hotels in Christchurch. A stint in the UK working for a wine importation and distribution company in London followed. Victoria later took over the management of Twelve Trees Restaurant and the cellar door shop. Then with a view to broadening her experience she took a marketing position with Marlborough’s tourism organisation tasked with promoting the region throughout New Zealand and internationally, subsequently returning to the family fold to take on the marketing mantle there.