Monthly Archives: December 2019

Introducing Ellie Vincent - Our Marketing Manager

Posted by [email protected] on December 12, 2019

Two and a half months ago we were fortunate to have Ellie Vincent join the No.1 Family Estate 'family' as Marketing Manager.

We thought you'd like to meet Ellie, so in this week's blog article we're delighted to make the introductions!

What did you do before you joined the No.1 Family Estate team?

Prior to joining No.1 Family Estate, I worked for Accolade Wines as the Brand Manager for Waipara Hills and our premium Australian portfolio; including Grant Burge Wines and St Hallett from the Barossa Valley. This was my introduction to marketing in the wine industry and the mix of these brands and the team at Accolade was a great platform to get me started. It must be said that No.1, which is the only winery in New Zealand exclusively producing Méthode Traditionelle, is very different and I am learning something new every day.

What does your role involve, and who do you work with?

As Marketing Manager, I will have a wide remit looking after No.1 events, advertising, social media, merchandise and providing support for our sales reps. Like many small family-run businesses, the question should be who don’t I work with! In my short time here I’ve been working with the entire Le Brun family, with most of my time spent with Adele Le Brun and General Manager, Samantha Scott. I am also out in the winery on a daily basis getting plenty of help from our Winery Manager Lee Dobson and his team.

What’s the best thing about working at No.1 Family Estate?

In my interview, Adele said ‘first and foremost we are a family business and that means everyone who works here’; this has been 100 per cent my experience so far. I already feel part of the family.

What is your favourite No.1 Family Estate wine and why?

At the moment, I just love the No.1 Rosé. It is so perfect for this time of year when the weather is warming up and friends are coming around for BBQ’s in the garden. Who doesn’t love Rosé? And in my opinion, bubbles makes it all the better.

What’s your favourite food and No.1 Family Estate wine match?

For Christmas day we always have a ‘Champagne’ breakfast with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and croissants – this year we will definitely be enjoying Cuvée No.1.

Are you from Marlborough? If not, how did you find your way here?

I grew up in Auckland and moved to the UK in 2007 when I was 22. I met my husband there and in 2015 he was offered an opportunity through his work to move to Marlborough. It was a hard decision to leave our life in the UK (we’d just finished renovating our first home), but since arriving here we’ve not looked back. It’s been the perfect place to start our family and bring up our little boy James, who is nearly two.

What do you love most about the Marlborough region?

The landscape, the vines and the people.  I drive to work every day with a spectacular view of mountain ranges on all sides and the valley floor lined with vines.  It doesn’t matter what you’ve got going on, seeing this Marlborough landscape makes you feel balanced, (the daily 3 hour return commute to London by tube, train and often a final walk in the rain is truly a distant memory!). One of the things I didn’t expect when moving here was to meet so many wonderful people who have become life-long friends.

When you’re not working how do you spend your time?

Running (literally) around after a toddler! James is nearly two and dearly loves dogs and water! Lately I find myself constantly changing him out of wet and muddy clothes, changing outfits myself after being squirted with the hose, or drying off the dogs…  also squirted with the hose. At the weekend we like to head down to the Sunday Farmers Market, go for a family walk along the Taylor River or head out for lunch.


What do you want for Christmas?

I need a new pair of jeans, but really for us, just spending the day with family and watching James enjoy time with his cousin will be lovely.

Your guide to festive fizz!

Posted by [email protected] on December 03, 2019

Christmas is a time for giving, and often the best Christmas gift you can give is one that you would enjoy receiving yourself, and who doesn't enjoy a glass of bubbles?

At this time of year, it is customary for us to share our guide to festive fizz. Read on to discover how you can win the title of ‘Gift-Giver of the Year’!

No.1 Cuvée

One of New Zealand’s most highly regarded Methode Traditionelle wines. The wine is 100% chardonnay (blanc de blancs) – A perfect balance between ripe, fresh fruit and toasty yet creamy yeast.  It displays a fine, consistent bead and firm mousse resulting in a complex character. The palate is smooth and seamless with a wonderful balance of acidity, giving a wine of elegance and style.

No.1 Cuvée makes the perfect gift for anybody you’re hoping to impress. Take a bottle to Christmas brunch with prospective in-laws. Gift a bottle to your boss or say thank you to your clients for supporting you throughout the year.

No. 1 Assemblé

Our award-winning No.1 Assemblé combines the structure of Chardonnay, the finesse of Pinot Noir and the softness of Meunier. It embodies a classic Méthode Traditionelle style, to create a wine with elegance, complexity and wide appeal.

Assemblé means to bring together, or to blend and to unite. So, it’s perfect to get any party started!

Take this wine along to your festive celebrations or gift it to your hosts, you’ll always be top of any guest list.

No. 1 Rosé

This exceptional Rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir and celebrates the superb climate of Marlborough. This graceful wine leaves a lasting impression – delicate salmon-pink with a mass of tiny bubbles.

This one will keep the chef happy! At No.1 Family Estate all of our wines are food pairing champions. No.1 Rosé pairs well with lamb and duck, so if you have a summer Barbecue lover this will certainly light their fire!

It’s also a perfect wine to help your friends celebrate the arrival of summer beach days. Last year, No.1 Rosé won a trophy at the internationally renowned Glass of Bubbly Awards, in the Sea Breeze category.  

“When you taste this wine, you will imagine yourself standing on a beach and tasting those tiny sea drops in the air.”

Cuvée Adele

Recently awarded a Gold Medal in the Sparkling Class at the Six Nations Wine Challenge, Cuvée Adele makes the perfect gift for your love.

Yvonne Lorkin, the co-founder of Wine Friend and Thirsty Work presenter, has previously called the wine, 'Mindbendingly Delicious' and because it was crafted by Daniel as a proud tribute to Adele, she also coins it 'A love story in a bottle'.

You couldn’t find a more perfect offering for the festive season. Toast your Christmas tree lights switch-on with a bottle that sparkles too!

Cuvée Adele is magnificently presented in a wonderful gift box. The box lights up when you open it, illuminating the stunning Swarovski crystals on the bottle.

Buying for the family?

We have you covered with our fabulous mixed cases. Remember that up until 15th December we are offering a free chiller bag* with every purchase of a mixed case.

A Magnum is also a wonderful gift when you’re buying for a family occasion, and our classic No.1 Cuvée is a real crowd pleaser!

*While stocks last.

Stocking fillers and Secret Santa gifts

We have a range of stoppers, tea towels, chiller bags and key rings that make perfect stocking fillers for your fizz-loving friends.

You can buy all our wines and gifts online or at our cellar door. We have extended our opening hours for the Summer and will be open daily from 10.00 a.m. until 4.30 p.m.

Shop online HERE.

Visit our Cellar Door at 169 Rapaura Road, Marlborough.