wine writer Joelle Thomson on the art of Nelson
winemakers are creating hand-made wines, taking risks
with wild yeast fermentations, unproven grape varieties
and new styles of wines. It is this skilled,
artistic approach to winemaking rather than a factory-focused
one that makes the synergy between wine and art so
natural in the Nelson region.
Like the visual artists, Wineart members welcome
visitors to their cellar doors. These are creative
people with a hands-on approach to the winemaking
process. Many wineries are small, and even the
biggest operations are family-owned. At the cellar
door you can meet the winemaker, experience their
passion and take some of it home with you in a bottle.
White, wine writer for Gourmet Traveller, WINE:
there is a self-restrained tastefulness to Nelson wines
thatâ€™s hard to pin down. They donâ€™t chase a buck with
a set commercial style, as other wine regions do. They
donâ€™t try too hard to please, and they definitely
donâ€™t show off.
Drinkability and balance are the essence to Nelsonâ€™s
wines. The areaâ€™s prevailing cafÃ© culture, its alfresco
dining and brilliant seafood probably play a part in this.
And while soil and climate are factors, itâ€™s the human
element that makes the regionâ€™s wines so different.â€