Isabel Estate is nestled into the heart of the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, situated at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Marlborough is New Zealand's largest and most successful wine producing area renowned for the production of exuberantly fruity Sauvignon Blanc and intensely aromatic wines.
Isabel Estate aims to produce true "estate" wines - wines produced only from vineyards under its total viticultural control. Isabel Estate endeavours to produce "inspired wines that are a strong expression of the individual style and character as determined by the vineyard soil and site".
Isabel Estate currently produces five wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and in exceptional vintages, a botrytised Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc.
Isabel Estate's modern winery is situated in the middle of the vineyard. It combines the very best of high technology and low technology equipment to maximise vineyard flavours. French Oak barriques are utilised for wine maturation rather than for oak flavour. Isabel does not believe in interfering with the intense varietal characters for which the vineyard is renowned.
The Isabel philosophy is simple, and that is "to respect the soil where the grapes grow and allow the unique characters of each vineyard and variety to be expressed in the final wine".