Marlborough, New Zealand
John and Brigid Forrest are Forrest Estate - a small, very much "hands-on" producer of premium Quality white wine from Marlborough. And in partnership with friends, Bob Newton and Dinah Kennedy produce "Cornerstone" reds from their vineyard in Gimblett Road, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
Leaving behind careers in molecular biology and medicine John and Brigid returned to Marlborough in 1989 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 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 ones efforts. In hindsight we struck upon a career which suits our personalities - a perfect blend of art and science.
Grapegrowing 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.