The New Zealand winery at Blenheim in the Marlborough area (South Island) was founded in 1988 by John Stichbury. The estate is named after Adam Jackson (John Stichbury 's maternal great-grandfather), who grew crops in the Marlborough area in the 19th century. The winery's emblem, pictured on the label, is a gum tree planted by the great-grandfather in 1867 and still standing today. Initially, the wines were vinified off-site, but since March 2004 they have been vinified in their own, newly built cellar. The estate's own vineyards cover 73 hectares, and grapes from a further 40 hectares of contract vintners are used. The wines are produced from the varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. The premium wines of the house are the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay Reserve (aged in 100% new French oak) and the noble sweet Botrytis Riesling. Since the 2002 vintage, the Sauvignon Blancs have been bottled with screw caps.
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