Celebrate the art of wine making, the passions and the pleasures, among the picturesque hills and plains of Nelson - simply unforgettable!


23 boutique wineries from the hills to the plains crafting exquisite wines. Journey into the countryside and meet the winemakers at their cellar doors. Bask in the sunshine, enjoy lunch at one of the vineyard cafés, select wines for your cellar, taste . . . explore . . .imbibe.

You’ll also discover art exhibitions, luxurious vineyard accommodation and breathtaking views in the picturesque hills and plains of Nelson. Simply unforgettable.

Wineart sponsored and hosted the inaugural Nelson Aromatics Symposium which was held on 3rd February 2007. For a post symposium report click here.

exquisite wines

“Nelson is home to New Zealand’s finests aromatics.”
Steven Spurrier, Decanter UK
While known first for exquisite examples of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the region has a growing reputation for the aromatic varieties - Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer as well as its own distinctive take on Sauvignon Blanc and some superb ‘stickies’. Nelson wines are sold in London, New York, Moscow, Tokyo, Munich and Melbourne but you have the chance to experience our wines in the place they are created.



the hills

The softly rolling Moutere Hills are formed from the weathered gravels of an ancient river system, which originally reached from St Arnaud to the coast. The gravel threaded clay soils are reknown for producing wines of richness and texture. The Pinot Noir is deeply flavoured with fine tannins and elegance. The Chardonnay is complex ,multi faceted with excellent structure. Winemakers also produce excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and more recently Pinot Gris.



the plains

Waimea means ’river gardens’ in Maori - with stony soils of alluvial origin, high sunshine hours and a moderating maritime influence, the Waimea Plains provide a great terroir. The aromatic whites are vibrant wines, often with a flinty backbone acting as a counterpoint to the overt fruit flavours, while the Chardonnay here is richly expressive with fine acid structure. The Pinot Noir is perfumed and pretty – plum and cherry characters on the nose with the ripeness carrying through to the supple tannins on the palate.