Nelson has the highest annual sunshine hours in New Zealand, making it an absolute El Dorado when it comes to growing fruits of every description. Once upon a time it was all about orchards, but today it’s hops and grapes, art and science that has wine-tourist taste buds in a tizz. Despite being divided into two distinct sub-regions; the flat, free-draining sandy loams of the Waimea Plains and the clay loams and subsoils of the Moutere Hills, Nelson is a united front when it comes to producing some of New Zealand’s top pinot noir. The sunshine capital of the country is a relative newcomer to pinot production, but it’s already establishing an impressive pedigree, having had pinot noir in the ground since 1975 at Seifried Vineyard. Mountains keep
the area warm and protected from the predominant weather cycles to the west, south and east; and with the cooling effect of the Tasman sea – Goldilocks would love it here. It’s not too hot or too cold – in fact it’s just right.
These conditions give Nelson examples an exceptionally fine minerality; they get a really pure expression of pinot noir here, and if you’re after organic, biodynamically produced pinot – then here’s the place to get it. Unlike its neighbour Marlborough, which boasts a number of large cellar doors owned by corporate entities, all of Nelson’s wineries are family owned. While they’re mostly small, the words ‘perfectly formed’ often appear in reviews – wrap your tastebuds around a selection of their pinots and you’ll understand why.
As vine age, production and availability have increased, Nelson has begun to take its place as one of the quality Pinot Noir producing regions of the world.


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.


Pinot Noir 2017



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Culinary Programme

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