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Nelson is a small, but prolific wine region located at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay. The wineries surround the town of the same name, located either in the plains southwest of town or in the hills of Upper Moutere. While it does see more rainfall than nearby Marlborough, there is still ample sun exposure for grape ripening in the warm growing season. 
The clay soils lend characteristics to the wines produced primarily from Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Dry red, white, rosé, sparkling and sweet styles are produced, including late harvest botrytis (noble rot) Riesling dessert wines. The wines from the more hilly areas, where there is the most sun exposure tend to be more concentrated, while the ones from lower lying areas are more floral and acidic. 
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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Muscat Hamburg

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Blackenbrook Wines Ltd

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  • Rimu Grove Winery Ltd

    Rimu Grove Winery was founded in 1995 in the rolling hills above the scenic Waimea Estuary. The ...

  • Te Mania Estate Ltd

    Te Mãnia is a family-owned Nelson winery, located near the beautiful coastline of Tasman Bay. Ou...

  • Orinoco Vineyards

    Located on top of the Moutere hills near Nelson, our unique vineyard produces intensely flavoured...

  • Anchorage Wines NZ Ltd

    Now one of the Nelson region's longer established wine companies, Anchorage Wines has taken a ste...

  • Moutere Hills Vineyard

    This is a truly boutique-size winery situated amongst the picturesque hills near Nelson in the wa...

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  • Tussock Pinot Noir 2012


    Worth the price at 15,16Not the usual pinot; earthy with maybe a bit of pepper. Much more malbec style Read More

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  • As wine lovers who among us doesn't enjoy doing horizontal tastings of ... ... of ... - Bob Smith/Chris NelsonLois Rae - Mark FinverMyriad - Mike SmithQuivet - Mike SmithVie - Bryan KaneJohn and his vineyard manager Armando Ceja talked about the growing year and the trials and tribulations of the vintage which had a yield which was off by at ... Read More

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  • Hi All,My family winery, Terra Sávia, is hosting a sparkling wine ... ... ... WinesMcFadden VineyardsNelson VineyardsParducci Wine CellarsRoederer EstateScharffenberger CellarsSignal RidgeTerra SáviaToxqui Cellars (New Participant Read More

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  • DM - Do they really have a wine called 'White Blanc'?   ... to our new LF friend Jeff Nelso Read More

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  • Hello Manny,Ohh boy, what a wonderful story. It makes my guide seem like ... Maybe we could meet up?BestNelso Read More

    Forum post in the topic Portugal Wine Travel Stories

  • Hi Nelson,My wife and I spent 2 weeks in Portugal in the fall of 2013, including 5 days in the Douro Valley. In the Douro, we stayed at the Aquapuro Douro Hotel.  Of all the wine regions we have visited, I believe the Douro is the most spectacular.  The vineyards rising up from the river were breathtaking.  When looking at them from close range ... Read More

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  • HelloMy name is Nelson and I am a food and Travel blogger at and I am Digital Marketing Consultant with a company called Wine Tourism in Portugal (WINTP). Wine Tourism in Portugal is #1 go-to portal for information, planning and booking wine inspired holidays in Portugal. Within the sc... Read More

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  • Am curious how the Trousseau/Bastardo drinks... Public results of the ... ... ... observed President Ben Nelson. “Buyers from around the globe proved today that they are still willing to pay remarkable prices for Burgundy’s top wines.”Hart Davis Hart’s next sale will take place the weekend of May 16th and will span the gamut of European and N... Read More

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  • Tussock Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by jeffmacintyre

  • Page Mill Syrah Livermore Valley Nelson Vineyard 2010


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    Wine review by mark

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