The Forrest family practically put Marlborough on the map as a wine region. They were one of the first families to plant vineyards back in 1988, and they have continued to earn their esteemed reputation. John and Brigid Forrest, two doctors, are behind the label. It might be their chosen professions as physicians, whose hands are highly prized, that lend a deft touch to stellar winemaking. They oversee 321 acres of vines in the Wairau Valley of Marlborough, managing two of the vineyards while owning seven. Forrest is certified sustainable and vegan friendly.
New Zealand is known for its screwcap closures, and John led the charge, as well as the push to make lighter-alcohol wines. The Forrest family is all about zigging while others zag. That explains why John won the New Zealand “Winemaker of the Year” award by Wine State in 2007, for his enological and viticultural research and experimentation. In 2019, Wine Marlborough bestowed the honor of “Winery of the Year” to Forrest, publicly acknowledging Forrest’s hard work and innovation.
Brigid wines are named in honor of the Forrest family’s matriarch, Dr. Brigid Forrest. The Forrests set out to create a range of impeccably crafted, lower alcohol, lifestyle wines to deliver all the enjoyment, while remaining better for you.
In September 2023, the winery and its innovative techniques were profiled in Wine Searcher: "Doctored Leaves the Key to Low-Alcohol Wines."