Marlborough Saffron Room is owned by David Pigou, a fourth generation Marlborough farming family. David worked alongside his father in the early 80’s converting their property from mixed farming to horticulture. In 1989 David and his family started planting grapes for Babich Wines and have been growing for them ever since. They also grow grapes for Pernod Ricard. In total, the family now has 50.5 ha of land committed to grape-growing and a further 2.5 ha in cherries for local market supply.
David’s entry into the Saffron industry stemmed from a desire to utilise the fertile ground between the rows of grapes on his land. It turned out that saffron was an ideal crop for the Marlborough climate and soil. Now on a farm 25 kilometres from the original site, David continues to grow high quality saffron and has established a sophisticated saffron production facility. The innovative and unique saffron products produced under his Marlborough Saffron Room are highly sought after by top chefs, caterers and speciality food suppliers.