THE STORY OF RUSSIAN JACK


Russian Jack (1878 – 1968) was a much loved “gentleman of the road” who carried his life in huge sacks upon his shoulders. During fruit harvest this mysterious man was welcomed onto the farms where he picked fruit into his old age. He was honoured by the local population who built a bronze statue to his memory.

1878

“The gentleman of the road”

Boatshed Bay – Marlborough Sounds
Green Grapes

Long ago, Martinborough was covered in scrub brush. Russian Jack and pioneers like him, known locally as “swaggers,” worked tirelessly to clear the land and prepare it for use. These rich and fertile lands, now covered in picturesque vineyards, produce world class wines thanks in part to the hard work of these pioneering heroes.


pioneering heroes

OUR WINE IS NAMED IN THE SPIRIT OF THAT TRADITION.

Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir