Region - Nelson

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Region Wineries

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 2015”.

Flaxmore Vineyards

Nestled in the Moutere hills near Nelson, our family vineyard is influenced by Tasman Bay to the east, protected by the Kahurangi Ranges to the west, and nourished by the clay-gravel soils below. Historically pastoral land and apple orchards, our handcrafted approach and attention to detail perpetuate more than a century of diligent land care. Beyond the vineyard, we’re enhancing our small valley’s community of hops, cider, gourmet food producers and artists by developing wetlands and planting a diverse habitat.


For over thirty years the Greenhough Hope Vineyard has been our home, our work and our inspiration. This place defines our flavours and frames our memories.
Our vines grow on an elevated terrace of clay-rich river gravels at the foothills of the Richmond Range. Pinot Noir is our most planted variety here.
Conversion to organic management in 2008 was motivated by the desire to care for our land and the pursuit of wines truly expressive of their people and place.

Neudorf Vineyards

Tim and Judy Finn planted Neudorf in 1978. Nestled in the Moutere Hills, they found ancient gravelly clays where they could focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Today their daughter Rosie, Winemaker Todd Stevens and Viticulturist Stef Brockley are at the helm with an aim to produce minimal intervention, organic wines of integrity that speak of their unique sites and climate in the Moutere Clays.


From humble beginnings in 1973, when Austrian born Hermann Seifried and his New Zealand wife Agnes planted their first vineyard in the Nelson region, to today where the Seifried vineyards stretch across ten vineyard sights scattered throughout the Nelson region.
The passion for great wine has been passed to the next generation too with all three of the Seifried children now home and working in the company. Even the youngest family members (the third generation), are a common sight around the winery getting their hands dirty and seeing what plenty of hard work can bring.