Region - Nelson

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Small (though marginally larger than the Wairarapa) and tucked away in its sheltered pocket at the top of the South Island, Nelson is host to a tight core of dedicated Pinot producers.

The grape was first planted in the region in 1975 by the Austrian-born father of the Nelson wine industry, Hermann Seifried. In a region that has a strong reputation for the quality of its aromatic whites and Chardonnay, Pinot Noir is the most planted red grape with 198ha in the ground.

Protected by mountain ranges on three sides (west, south and east), Nelson is blessed climatically. The region usually leads the country in sunshine hours, while the dryness of the late summer months suits early-ripening Pinot Noir.

Nelson can be divided into two distinct sub-regions: the Waimea Plains and the Moutere Hills. They differ markedly in soils. The majority of the region’s vines are planted on the plain, made up of free-draining loams over a gravel base. However, the majority of the region’s Pinot vines are grown in the rolling Moutere Hills, made up of clay subsoils over the gravels of an old river system.

Brightwater Vineyards

Brightwater Vineyards is the premium boutique vineyard and winery of
Gary and Valley Neale, located 20 minutes west of Nelson “the Sunshine
Capital of New Zealand”.
All our wines are estate grown, handcrafted in our modern winery,
bottled onsite and are 100% sustainable. Our philosophy is to produce sophisticated wines that show clarity , purity and precision, complimented by elegant complexity.
“New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2012”
“Champion Pinot Noir Trophy – Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Kono Beverages - Aronui Wines

From the leading Māori owned wine company, and whanau that brought you Tohu Wines. The word Aronui derives from Māori mythology about the pursuit of knowledge, including the arts and working with the land. Whenua matua means significant land and is the name of our Aronui vineyard, located in Nelson’s Upper Moutere, one of New Zealand’s most exciting boutique wine regions. Caring for our land is fundamental to our people, both our owners and staff.

Neudorf Vineyards

Neudorf Vineyards –Pinot Noir NZ 2017 Neudorf’s Pinot Noir vines are dry farmed and organically grown. The initial plantings were in 1979 and their roots search down three metres or more into the clay gravel soils of the Moutere hills, unirrigated for for 30 years. Under the stewardship of winemaker Todd Stevens the wines are elegant and focused with a notable savouriness and minerality. They have proven longevity.