• . . .alluring perfumes, beguiling. . .
    liveliness of fruit,
    and lightly toasted oak. . .
    allowing the best expression of the fruit
  • The Delta philosophy is to produce Pinot Noir with
    vibrant fruit, good tannin structure, excellent acidity
    and well integrated subtle oak
  • Named after Tom Hatter, an eccentric and colourful character
    who lived in rural Marlborough in the early 1900s.
    "Hatter's Hill" Pinot Noir is a selection of the best grapes
    grown on the hills of the Delta vineyard
  • An idea that had its genesis when Matt Thomson and David Gleave
    met during vintage in Italy in 1994
    led to the purchase of the Delta vineyard site in 2000

The People

Matt Thomson, Chief Winemaker
Matt Thomson
Chief Winemaker

Matt Thomson - Chief Winemaker

Matt has been making wine in Marlborough since 1993, after graduating with a Master’s degree in Biochemistry (yeast technology) from the University of Otago.

He is consultant winemaker to wineries including Saint Clair and Lake Chalice, all of whose wines have consistently won awards and trophies in recent years. Matt also makes wine in Italy every year, where he works in Verona, Friuli and Piemonte.

David Gleave, Sales & Marketing
David Gleave, MW
Sales & Marketing

David Gleave, MW - Sales & Marketing

David is based in London. He became a Master of Wine in 1986. Today he is managing director of Liberty Wines, one of the U.K.’s most dynamic importers and distributors. He started Liberty Wines with his wife Luciann Flynn in 1997, and together they have built it into one of the U.K.’s most successful distribution companies.

David was one of a handful of people in the UK wine trade who were prepared to take a risk in committing to bring fine Italian wine to the UK public. It is this same spirit that has led him to take on the long term challenge of establishing an image for fine Pinot Noir from Marlborough.

Neal Ibbotson,Viticulturist
Neal Ibbotson

Neal Ibbotson - Viticulturist

Neal and his wife Judy were one of the earliest private grape growers in Marlborough, first planting grapes in 1978. Their extensive viticulture experience spans nearly 30 years and has allowed them to identify the best vineyard areas and sites in Marlborough. The Delta Vineyard being a perfect example.

In 1994 Neal and Judy established Saint Clair Estate Wines which now sells to over 70 markets world-wide. In 2005 they built a state of the art winery at Riverlands Estate in Marlborough where the Delta wines will now be crafted from the 2015 vintage onwards.

Heather Stewart, Winemaker
Heather Stewart

Heather Stewart - Winemaker

Heather moved to Marlborough in 2008 after completing a Master of Science in Psychology at Canterbury University.

Her intention was to experience the romance of harvest then move to Melbourne to pursue a career in architectural psychology. Plans changed however when she fell in love with the wine industry and Marlborough. 

Since basing herself in Marlborough she has completed a Graduate Diploma in Oenology, and has worked harvests for prominent high end wine companies in Tuscany and California. Heather has spent five years as assistant winemaker at a large family wine company before taking on the role of winemaker for The Delta Wine Company.

When not working she loves to explore the world, but always loves coming home to Marlborough, where she enjoys sailing in the Marlborough Sounds, rowing on the Wairau River and sharing local food and wines with friends.