Nelson Wines

Exquisite Wines

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"Nelson is home to New Zealand's finest aromatics."
Steven Spurrier, Decanter UK

While known first for exquisite examples of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the region has a great 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 all over the world but you have the chance to experience our wines in the place they are created.

"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."
NZ wine writer Joelle Thomson on the art of Nelson winemakers

Vital Statistics

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  • 880 hectares planted in grape vines
  • 2.5% of the total New Zealand vineyard
  • Harvest 2012 ......... 6129 tonnes
  • Grape varieties planted in the Nelson region:
    - Sauvignon Blanc ......... 323 hectares
    - Pinot Noir ......... 178 hectares
    - Chardonnay ......... 120 hectares
    - Pinot Gris ......... 70 hectares
    - Riesling ......... 56 hectares
    - Gewürztraminer .........28 hectares
    - Merlot......... 8 hectares
    - Syrah .........8 hectares
    - Other varieties ......... 22 hectares

    Information from the New Zealand Winegrowers Statistical Annual 2009.