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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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Muscat Hamburg

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Popular Wineries in Nelson View all

  • Rimu Grove Winery Ltd

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

  • Anchorage Wines NZ Ltd

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

  • Orinoco Vineyards

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

  • Te Mania Estate Ltd

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

  • Kaimira

    Kaimira Ventures Winery is situated on the banks of the Wai-iti river near Brightwater in the Nel...

  • Richmond Plains Wines

    Richmond Plains produced New Zealand’s first certified organic Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc ...

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  • Neudorf Riesling Waimea Plains Brightwater 2009

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    Clear and a bit wild on the nose with some golden raspberry tones balanced by mineral accents in a fruity yet focused style. Quite obviously sweet in the mouth with the weight of a Spätlese. The citrus flavors have a light honeyed edge to them and remain fresh and vibrant right through the moderately long finish, which takes on precise notes of ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Neudorf Pinot Noir Nelson 2008

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    Cocoa and toasty notes greet the nose, followed by a touch of vanilla and herbal tones over the core of deep, warm, light red fruits. The tannins really pop out in the mouth, angular if modest, and in proportion to this small-scaled, elegant wine. The mid-palate is a touch hard at times but very faceted with mineral and earth notes dominating th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Neudorf Chardonnay Moutere 2008

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    Crisp and hard on the nose with orchard fruits and smoky oak in a linear, focused style. Bright and focused in the mouth with a really precise feel. This shows lovely finesse and balance and, while the oak is obvious, it is balanced by clear, transparent, mineral-laden fruit that keeps this from seeming sticky or sweet. The mid-palate displays p... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Neudorf Chardonnay Nelson 2007

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    Reserved aromatically though, with air, motes of green melon and lemon curd emerge from the glass with gentle suggestions of flowers, minerals, machine oil and a hint of flinty smoke adding subtlety. In the mouth this is very precise and fairly firm, with a modest scale but real ethereal feel. The flavor profile is reserved and balanced with a n... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tussock Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2008

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    Wine review by Airthuray


  • Blackenbrook Vineyard is thrilled to be the first vineyard in the South Island ... coastal Tasman Vineyard near Nelson.“We love the flavours of Muscat. It’s a light-hearted, medium-dry wine, fun to make andfun to drink. It’s floral, fragrant and easy to drink, yet it has an interesting complexity onthe palate.Wine Commentator Neil Hodgson says... Read More

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  • Kodiak-Wintergreen-Singl

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    Wine review by bayoubleu


  • Orinoco Vineyards Chardonnay 2007

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    One of the best Nelson Chardonnays I have tasted in recent times. Rich stone fruit, ripe citrus and vanilla aromas with balanced oak and a creamy mouthfeel. Read More

    Wine review by Randell99


  • Elroy Sauvignon Blanc Nelson Vineyard 2009

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    Wine review by tomiboj


  • Rimu Grove Pinot Noir Nelson 2004

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    One of the best wine's I tried in NZ, and probably the best Pinot Noir I also tried in this $40 price range. Full bodied, ranked as a five star Pinot Noir by critics in the area. Visited the Winery on a tour and it was the best Red of the day. Cheers to the owners. My year was 2006. Read More

    Wine review by Winooooo


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