Few can lay claim to having worked every grape harvest in Marlborough, but Allan Scott can.
Allan Scott is one of the true pioneers and a name synonymous with New Zealand’s acclaimed Marlborough region, having planted the region’s first vineyard in 1973. In June 2011 he was awarded a Queen’s Birthday honour for services to the New Zealand wine industry.
Allan’s commitment to the wine industry dates back to 1973 when he signed on with Montana to develop their Marlborough vineyards. In 1980 he was head-hunted by Corbans and oversaw the establishment of their Marlborough vineyards. He became their senior Viticultural Manager, with responsibility for the company’s entire national grape intake, and part of the winemaking team. This interest eventually led to the establishment of Allan Scott Family Winemakers.
An associated business of contract grape growing and a busy viticultural consultancy were the early background to the company, with Allan being instrumental in the development of many of the region’s vineyards along with localised vineyard husbandry techniques.