It all started in Italy in 1994 when Matt Thomson arrived to work his first vintage in northern Italy. It was here that he met David Gleave, a London-based importer of wines from around the world. Over several years and during the many long car journeys between wineries in Italy, Matt and David discussed at length the potential for Pinot Noir in Marlborough. Matt also spoke with his friend and colleague Neal Ibbotson, a Marlborough pioneering viticulturalist.
In 2000 Matt found a site that he felt was ideally suited to the production of top quality Pinot Noir. David and Neal didn't hesitate to join him in the enterprise, with the partnership being named The Delta Wine Company.
2016 Sommelier Wine Awards, London
"Delta struck Gold with this 'luscious' wine. 'Bolder, more tannic style, balanced, with hints of coal dust mingling with its concentrated red fruits,' said Andrés Ituarte of Avenue Restaurant. 'Clean, with red fruits and elegant tannins,' added Bovey Castle's Rustem Mingaleev, while Mark Dorber of The Anchor at Walberswick picked up on the 'delicate raspberry and red cherry aromas' and the 'good acidity'."
Awarded CHAMPION Sauvignon Blanc Trophy at 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
"Chair of Judges Michael Brajkovich MW said “Elegant and refined Sauvignon Blanc …"
Awarded GOLD at the 2016 Sydney International Wine Competition.