You're not drinking one year's vintage
You’re drinking 30 years of Forrest.
Doctors John and Brigid Forrest are Forrest, a small, very much 'hands-on" producer of premium quality white wine from their home vineyards in Marlborough. Whilst in partnership they produce the Cornerstone Bordeaux red from their vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels Region of Hawke's Bay and premium Pinot Noir from their vineyards in Bannockburn and the Waitaki Valley, Otago.
Leaving behind careers in molecular biology and medicine, John and Brigid returned to Marlborough in 1988 to establish their first vineyard at Renwick - at the heart of the stony Wairau River Valley.
Vintage 1990 saw the first Forrest wine and immediate success with a trophy at the national wine awards - success that has been repeated many times both nationally and internationally over the subsequent vintages.
To the often asked question "why did you do it?" the answer is, a mixture of the wine 'passion' and a desire to achieve and be recognised and rewarded for one's efforts. In hindsight we struck upon a career which suits our personalities - a perfect blend of art and science.
Grape growing and winemaking is an exacting science, however it must have the artistic touch to give the wines 'soul'. That individual expression of style is the trademark of our wines - rich aromatic white wine, and powerfully scented reds - all impeccably structured and a joy to drink.
Having been one of the pioneers within the fledgling Marlborough Wine Industry John and Brigid have always given back to the local community and further a field.
We are proudly associated with:
The Forrest Graperide
Wine is synonymous with the Marlborough region, but cycling is equally as famous in Marlborough, The Forrest Graperide brings 2500 cyclists from around the world into the wine region to compete in one of the worlds most beautifully scenic races. People come back year after year to ensure they go home with a bottle of Graperide Pinot Noir.
To sign up for the world famous Forrest Graperide click here www.graperide.co.nz
Taupo Cycle Challenge
As a commitment to Forrests passion for cycling in NZ in 2012 Forrest teamed up with the Cycle Challenge in Taupo to become a secondary sponsor at the event.
Forrest Estate Winery Marlborough Tennis Centre
In the heart of Blenheim sits the impressive Forrest Estate Winery Marlborough Tennis Centre. An important part of the local community. With Marlborough's excellent weather conditions this facility is used all year round by budding amateur players and occasionally by professionals when Marlborough hosts national competitions.
Spreading our wings south but following the tennis theme, Forrest Wines are proud to be associated with Wilding Park Tennis Centre home of Canterbury Tennis. Here a state of the art tennis centre caters for the most aspiring players.
Dr John Forrest
Dr John William Forrest was born (1955) and bred in Marlborough, New Zealand. A PhD in Neurophysiology decided to become a wine grower and returned to Marlborough in 1988 to establish Forrest Wines alongside his wife Brigid. Lower alcohol and screw cap pioneer, he is known for pushing the boundaries in New Zealand wine.
Dr Brigid Forrest
Alongside the day-to-day involvement in the vineyard, winery and administration, Brigid has served 30 years as a medical doctor working in General Practice, specialising in pregnancy care, birth and families, and then as a community geriatrician managing the physical and mental health of older people and then Hospice, ensuring that people can live life fully to the very end.
General Manager / Winemaker
Masters in Oenology from Adelaide University, Beth brings with her a wealth of knowledge, vibrancy, youth and an infectious passion for winemaking, continuing the innovative, cutting edge and the sometimes mad scientist theories that have made Forrest what it is today.