The Jackson Estate Story

Modern Pioneers of Wine Making

As modern pioneers, Jackson Estate has been in the business for over 25 years, quietly getting on with hand crafting beautiful wines with elegance, finesse and longevity.

THE story

How we Became Jackson Estate

In 1855 Adam Jackson bought his first blocks of land in the heart of the Marlborough region, along with what was to become known as Jacksons road. The infamous gum tree known as the ‘Grey ghost’ was planted shortly after in 1867 on the land now known as our Homestead vineyard.

Fast forward to 1990 and fifth generation Jackson, John Stichbury planted the first vines on the homestead block, with their first wines released in 1991 – Jackson estate wines were born. Proceeding to go from strength to strength, taking out the coveted Sauvignon Blanc trophy at the London International wine competition in 1993.

The Benton family bought Jackson estate in 2013 and in 2016 the Benton’s started building the pinot specific winery and cellar door that opened in 2017. This has ensured that we can refine and further develop our Pinot Noir program with award winning hand crafted wines that we can share on a world stage.

We now have a 250 tonne winery, compromising of over 52 small batch tanks, and a unique cellar door. Brian Massey (art director of the Hobbit trilogy) tasked with creating a concept for the building he brought the X factor with ‘collision architecture’. Based on the original 1850’s settlers huts with the juxtaposition of the burgundy coloured winery jutting out from the centre, walking inside into a contemporary and stylish tasting room.

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Cellar Door

At Jackson Estate Winery, we invite you to experience the beauty of our vineyards, the passion of our winemakers, and the taste of our exceptional wines. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a long-time fan, we look forward to welcoming you to our winery.

Designed and built by Brian Massey, art director of The Hobbit trilogy, our facility reflects the Jackson Estate ethos of being modern pioneers of the wine industry and a nod to our history, the settlers hut structures that occupied the region in the past.

Hidden from sight we hold exclusive tasting events in our Cave, deep beneath the cellar door. This is where we hold our prized vintage selections – contact the team if you’re interested in getting a group together for an exclusive tasting event.


At Jackson Estate, we have built a small but dedicated team united by a passion for creating and sharing the very best of Marlborough Wine.

John Benton


Toni Butcher


Matt Patterson Green

Head Winemaker

Wiremu Matthews


Donna Kerr

Office Manager

Nicole Taylor

Cellar Door Manager

Isla McNaught

Sales & Marketing Manager