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
Russian Jack have vines on either side of the Cook Strait – at the Burnt Spur vineyard just south of Martinborough township, and in Marlborough – in the Awatere and Wairau Valleys.
They shot to fame in 2016 winning Platinum at the Decanter World Wine Awards and being awarded the Best Value Sauvignon Blanc.