No.1 News and Updates

Introducing Ellie Vincent - Our Marketing Manager

Posted by No 1 Family Estate 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 No 1 Family Estate 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.

London… Are you feeling festive yet?

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on November 08, 2019

As the countdown to the Christmas season begins, it’s easy for our friends in the Northern Hemisphere to start feeling festive before we do.

There’s something about shorter days, cooler temperatures, Christmas lights and the arrival of the John Lewis seasonal TV advert that simply says… ‘Tis the Season’.

If you live in London and haven’t yet started to soak up the seasonal vibe then November is the time to do so!

Here are three November events that will have you reaching for the mince pies and obligatory Christmas knitwear faster than Rudolph can eat a carrot!

Skating at Somerset House:

The city’s iconic Somerset House ice rink opens on November 13th. With decorations courtesy of Fortnum & Mason it’s a festive extravaganza! Ready to get the Christmas party started. Don’t miss the Somerset House Skate Lates, a series of evening sessions featuring DJ sets from emerging talent.

Christmas at Flat Iron Square:

Monday 11th November sees the return of the Apres Ski Lodge to Flat Iron Square, London’s liveliest cultural hub.

From feasting on street food to popping your feet up in front of a magical movie. There is so much to enjoy. You can also make a start on your Christmas shopping. On Saturday 30th November, there’s a special festival with a Conscious Christmas Market featuring over thirty independent traders.

Cracking Christmas Wines with Three Wine Men:

On Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November Lindley Hall will be transformed into a winter wine wonderland – the highlight of every wine-lover’s calendar.

Hosted by Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin MW and Olly Smith, this event is the perfect way to choose your favourite festive wines.

We will, of course, be there, and can’t wait to share our No.1 Family Estate wines with you. Enjoy tasting the classic No.1 Cuvée, the fresh and inviting No.1 Assemblé, the dry, fresh and elegant No.1 Rosé and our limited-edition No.1 Reserve.

Read more and buy tickets HERE.

Spring is here… It’s time for a Garden Party

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on October 23, 2019

It’s that time of year… We’re waiting for budburst and Marlborough is beginning to blossom with longer daylight hours and warmer weather. Hurrah, Spring is here!

It’s also time for one of the highlights on Marlborough’s social calendar. New Zealand’s premier garden event, Garden Marlborough runs from 7th to 10th November.

Spring is the perfect season to hold your own Garden Party. So, we thought we’d share three tips to help you do just that!

Celebrate the Season:

A seasonal menu is always a big hit. There’s so much to choose from come spring. New season asparagus and perfectly sweet peas are wonderful fresh ingredients to use in your salad. Plus, berries are coming into season, so dessert is easily sorted!

Be prepared:

We all know Marlborough is #brillianteveryday, but alas a Spring shower is always a possibility. If you don’t have suitable indoor space to accommodate a wet weather day, then a marquee or gazebo could be a wise investment. We have no doubt that your guests will want to stay awhile, so an outside heater, firepit, or even a large supply of toasty rugs and throws will allow them to party into the evening.

Don’t forget the bubbles:

What’s a party without bubbles? That’s where we come in. Our mixed cases are perfect for when you’re planning a party. Plus, we also have a special promotion that will ensure that when you’re asked to a Spring Garden Party your wine is perfectly dressed for the occasion. Buy any mixed case from our online store between 25th October and 15th December and receive a free chiller bag*. Shop our range of Mixed Cases HERE.

*While stocks last.

Visit Us:

If you’re heading to Garden Marlborough don’t forget to call into the Cellar Door to try our No.1 Family Estate bubbles. We have extended our opening hours for the Summer and will be open daily from 10.00 a.m. until 4.30 p.m.

A Gold for Cuvée Adele at the Six Nations Wine Challenge

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on October 10, 2019

We’re delighted to announce that Cuvée Adele 2013 has been awarded a Gold Medal in the Sparkling Class at the Six Nations Wine Challenge.

The Six Nations Wine Challenge showcases the very best new world wines from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Chile, South Africa and the US. Wines entered are evaluated by 6 of the most prominent and well-known Wine Judges in the New World, including New Zealand’s Bob Campbell MW.

This limited edition vintage cuvée is only produced in the years that Daniel considers being outstanding in quality and 2013 was one of those special vintages.

An extraordinary wine, it sparkles with a tightly focused bouquet exhibiting light biscuity notes, toasted nuts and a firm mousse.

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'.

This is a perfect offering for your loved ones as the festive season approaches. Cuvée Adele is magnificently presented in a wonderful gift box. In full Hollywood starlet mode, the box lights up when you open it, illuminating the stunning Swarovski crystals on the bottle.


Be quick... We have extremely limited numbers available online. Buy yours HERE.

Or call into the cellar door, our new summer opening hours are:

From Sat the 19th October, seven days a week, 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 26th October, seven days a week, 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Three tips to help you get the best 'Taste' of Auckland

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on October 02, 2019

The countdown is on to the fabulous Taste of Auckland event. 

With 40 pop-up restaurants & bars, a huge artisan market full of passionate producers from all over New Zealand, live music by cutting edge musicians, and the "Godfather of modern cooking himself - British culinary legend Marco Pierre White, there's a lot going on!

So, we thought we'd help you make the most of the event. We're sharing three tips to help you get the best 'Taste' of Auckland.

Planning makes perfect:

Whether you're heading to Taste as part of a group, with a friend, or going solo. It makes sense to plan ahead. The event runs over four days, Thursday the 31st October until Sunday the 3rd November. Both Friday and Saturday are split into two four-hour sessions. Firstly, make sure you leave plenty of travel time so you arrive promptly to be able to enjoy your full session. Also, review all the Taste Experiences and Festival Zones online before your day, so you have an idea of your must-sees and must-dos!

Beat the queues:

The Taste festival has its own digital currency, Crowns. You can purchase these at the door if you have a General Admission ticket. But purchase a Premium or VIP ticket and you'll beat the queues because your tickets and Crowns are sent to you, meaning you just have to collect your glass at the door. Find out more HERE.

Visit the No.1 Family Estate Cuvee Bar:

No visit to a food and drink festival would be complete without a glass of bubbles! We'll be pouring our classic No.1 Cuvée, the fresh and inviting No.1 Assemblé, the dry, fresh and elegant No.1 Rosé, our limited edition No.1 Reserve and finally our limited edition vintage Cuvée Adele. Do stop by and say hello!

To celebrate Taste of Auckland we're giving away two pairs of General Admission tickets. One pair to Session 4 and one pair to session 6. Enter HERE.

Featured Restaurant - Ortega, Wellington

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on September 09, 2019

Whenever we're in Wellington, we love to visit Ortega. In this week's article, we caught up with co-owner Davey McDonald so we could share with you a little more about the bustling 'Fish Shack and Bar'!

When did the doors to Ortega first open? 

We opened in 2009 on November the 5th. We were even lucky enough to get a wee fireworks display thanks to it being Guy Fawkes Night

Can you tell me a little bit about the dining style at the restaurant? 

We have heaps of fun here at Ortega. We have a lovely team both out the front and in the kitchen, with loads of awesome people who come in to see us as customers. We love looking after people and showing them a good time here in our relaxed atmosphere. We have a short & fresh focused menu with a big range of drinks to choose from.

What sort of foods can guests expect to enjoy? How will these change seasonally? 

We print out our menu here every day at Ortega based on what’s gorgeously fresh & available each day. We have a big emphasis on fresh fish and seafood but also love playing around with our menu to keep it fun & interesting. We have a couple of classic dishes which have always been on our menu like our Beef Fillet with Café de Paris butter & fries. We like to use other meaty bits and pieces and vegetarian dishes too. We always use what’s around and in season.

Can you tell me a little about where you source your produce from? 

Generally, our produce is sourced very locally and from people who we know and love. Whatever is the best quality, sustainable & freshest is what we are looking for, and then we can build our menus around that. We have a very wide range of suppliers. We like using people who give their products lots of care and respect and can tell us all about the story and history behind it.

What makes Ortega unique in its style and service? 

We like to keep it simple, fun & want our customers, staff & suppliers to think of it as their own place

What is key to your success? Why do customers keep coming back?

We’re always tinkering to make sure we keep things interesting, fun, delicious & exciting but try to remain like an old reliable friend to everyone too.

If you had to describe Ortega in three words, what would these be? 

Love, home, family

No.1 Rose features on your wine list, can you share a few suggestions from your menu that pair with it beautifully? 

No.1 Rose has always been on our wine list here at Ortega, we absolutely love it. It’s an amazing way to begin before a meal that’s for sure or to have with our starters like oysters, olives & bread, teeny weeny fish sammies or marinated mussels. We have a lovely fish main course on at the moment which is just awesome with the No.1 Rose, Pan-roasted fish of the day served with roasted Jerusalem artichokes, yams, gem lettuce & vadouvan broth



Amathus Portfolio Tasting

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on September 03, 2019

Join us in London for the Amathus Portfolio Tasting.

Our UK distributors, Amathus, are holding their inaugural Portfolio Tasting at a historic Central London venue, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London.

While this is a trade event during the daytime, come the evening they are opening the doors for a public tasting. You'll be able to taste an unrivalled selection of over 300 exclusive, award-winning handpicked wines and spirits from all corners of the globe.

No. 1 Family Estate will be there, offering tastings of our award-winning No.1 Assemblé. This wine is a classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The structure of Chardonnay, the finesse of Pinot Noir and the softness of Meunier offers a fresh and inviting wine with sophisticated and typical characters and intense flavours.

You can buy tickets for the Portfolio Tasting at any of the Amathus stores or online HERE.

We can't wait to see you so mark the date in your diary. Wednesday 11th September 2019 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Pinot Noir Day – 18th August

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on August 14, 2019

This Sunday marks Pinot Noir day, and just because you love bubbles you don’t have to miss out on the celebration!

Dry, yet fresh and elegant, our No.1 Rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir. This graceful wine leaves a lasting impression of opulence and splendour.

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.”

The judges said, “This exceptional rosé celebrates the superb climate of Marlborough, New Zealand. A delicate salmon pink colour this wine offers a balance of subtle cherry, raspberry and almond hints. With a beautiful strawberry flavour. It pairs well with fish and seafood.”

Contrary, to popular belief, your No.1 Rosé should never be considered simply as an aperitif. It’s quite at home as the star of the show! As a food-pairing champion you may wish to follow the Glass of Bubbly judge’s advice, it's also delicious with duck and lamb.

To help you celebrate Pinot Noir Day our No.1 Rosé is back in stock!

Stock is limited, so, don't miss out, buy yours HERE.

Father’s Day Competition and more Inspiration!

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on August 09, 2019

Father’s Day is just around the corner. Sunday 1st September is the day you should be celebrating the person you think is the best Dad in the world.

To help you do that we’ve written a post with our No.1 gift recommendations!

A classic No.1 for a number one Dad – Nothing says quiet, classic, sophistication quite like No.1 Cuvée. Introduced into the New Zealand market on 14 July 1999, it is one of New Zealand's most highly regarded Methode Traditionelle wines. No. 1 Cuvee was the first wine produced by No. 1 Family Estate.  It is renowned throughout New Zealand and internationally winning numerous trophies (including IWSC and Winestate), gold medals and five star awards since its release.

An aged wine – If your Dad likes his wines with a little age behind them, he’ll especially love No.1 Reserve. Each year, a limited amount of No. 1 is set aside for long-term aging on lees and released after several years as a “Reserve”. This release from the family’s winery was held on lees for five and a half years allowing full autolysis displaying a consistent superfine bead, and firm mousse resulting in a typical, complex, champagne-like character, and giving it the title of “Reserve”. The palate is intensely flavoured and focused with the good fruit-yeast balance providing elegance and style. The extended lees aging has given it extra richness with complex biscuity notes, a well-balanced delicate freshness and a lengthy finish.

Young at heart - No.1 Assemblé is a non-vintage brut, Assemblé that has spent a minimum of 18 months on lees, encouraging full yeast autolysis, making it an easy-drinking, aperitif style. It is fresh and inviting with sophisticated and typical characters, intense flavours, and a long finish.

PLUS, we’re launching our Father’s Day competition:

Treat the person you think is the Best Dad in the World this Father's Day with a meal on us!

We're giving away... $100 Voucher for six fabulous restaurants throughout New Zealand.

To be in the draw simply fill out a form and be sure to share with your friends. For every friend that enters from your unique referral code, you'll receive a bonus entry.