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Nelson's wineries and vineyards are scattered through two beautiful areas... the gently rolling Moutere hills and the stony alluvial Waimea Plains. Soils range from the stony silt loams on the plains to the heavier clay loam and gravel on the Moutere hills. An average of 1150 degree days over the growing period is similar to parts of France, especially Burgundy.

Nelson Wineries and Wine Trails

(This Wine Trail map is readily available locally)

Nelson's climate is ideal for the production of world class wine. The long warm summers and cool autumn nights produce wine with intense fruit flavours, good acid balance and weight.

It is no surprise then that Pinot Noir is challenging Chardonnay as the great wine of the region. Nelson Sauvignon Blanc and Nelson Riesling have also amassed a collection of national and international awards.

Denton Winery Nelson New Zealand
Soft mouth feel and buttery characters .  .  .
Denton Winery
The Denton winery is set amongst sixteen acres of vineyards and gardens in the hills of Nelson.

The soils in the vineyards are free draining and naturally low yielding. The vineyards are planted with a high density of vines and cropping is kept very low.  These conditions naturally produce the very best quality fruit. So the winery is small, only pressing 20 to 30 tonnes per year.

The vines are tended by hand - leaf plucking, fruit thinning, harvest and pruning.  All wines are made and bottled on site by winemaker, Richard Denton.

Open for tasting from 16th September until Easter - 11.00am to 5.00pm.

Denton Winery
Richard Denton
Awa Awa Road, RD 1 Upper Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand
Telephone/Facsimile: +64 3 540 3555

Click here for Denton Winery online brochure ...

Glovers Vineyard
Grippy tannins are the hallmark... there as a preservative
Glovers Vineyard
Since the first 1989 vintage, the bold, beefy, tannic estate- grown Pinot Noirs have attracted the most attention.

The six-hectare estate vineyard lies in pretty, undulating countryside on a gentle, north facing slope. In low fertility clay threaded with decomposing rock, the Glovers have planted Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. At five tonnes per hectare, this is a low-cropping vineyard.

Visitors to the winery can sample the flavour packed wines and while swirling, enjoy dramatic Wagnerian opera. It is one of the great experiences of the New Zealand wine trail.

Glovers Vineyard
Dave & Penny Glover
Gardener Valley Road
Upper Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand
Telephone/Facsimile: +64 3 543 2698

Click here for Glovers online Wine Shop & brochure ...

Kahurangi Wine Estate
Kahurangi Wine Estate

An established vineyard originally planted by Agnes and Hermann Seifried in the early 1970's.

Twenty-six acres are planted in five grape varieties being Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer, all grafted on American rootstock from plantings.

A range of Vineyard Style meals is available with a slight Tuscan Influence. The tasting room is open from September 1st through to the end of April - 7 days per week for wine tastings and the Café for Espresso 10.30am - 5.00pm.

Kahurangi Estate
Greg & Amanda Day
Sunrise Road
RD1, Upper Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 3 543 2980
Facsimile: +64 3 543 2981

Kahurangi Estate online Wine Shop & brochure ...

Moutere Hills Vineyard
A little off the beaten track.  .  .
Moutere Hills Vineyard
Moutere Hills Vineyard is a family-run winery, pressing grapes grown on the farm, together with other top-quality Nelson grapes.

The winery is open from September through to Easter and tastings are available with delicious home-style platters - the perfect complement to a glass of cool wine on a hot summer's day.

A large garden, play area and wonderful views make a visit to Moutere Hills both relaxing and memorable.  During the summer, vineyard lunches are available.

Moutere Hills Vineyard
Simon & Alison Thomas
Sunrise Valley, RD 1 Upper Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand
Telephone/Facsimile: +64 3 543 2288

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Neudorf Wines
Complexity and interest...
Neudorf Wines
In 1978, Tim and Judy Finn planted their first vines, creating Neudorf Vineyards. At that time establishing a vineyard was still a "high risk" investment because the New Zealand wine industry was in its infancy.

Today Neudorf Vineyards has an international reputation for exceptional and fine Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

"He offers complexity and interest where others settle for intense but monochromatic flavours."
WINE, March 1999

Neudorf Wines
Tim & Judy Finn
Neudorf Road
Upper Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand
Telephone +64 3543 2643
Facsimile +64 3 543 2955

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Seifrieds Winery
A balance of traditional and modern methods.  .  .
Seifrieds Winery
Hermann and Agnes Seifried established their first vineyard in 1973 in the Moutere Valley between Nelson and Motueka. In 1996 they opened their new vineyard, winery and restaurant complex at Appleby, just 10 minutes from Richmond and 20 minutes from Nelson City.

Seifried Estate now has 80 hectares of vineyards in the region. There are 25 permanent employees at the winery and vineyard complex and others marketing the wine around New Zealand and internationally.

At the International Wine Challenge 2000, Seifried's was awarded Gold with two Chardonnays.

Seifrieds Winery
Hermann and Agnes Seifried
PO Box 7020, Nelson, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 3 544 5599
Facsimile:   +64 3 544 5522

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Spencer Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery
The gentle, exacting art of winemaking.  .  .
Philip Jones, Spencer Hill Estates
Spencer Hill Estate winery was founded in 1990. Winemaker, Philip Jones, produced his first vintage in 1994 and since then has received a stunning record of trophies and gold medals, achieving international acclaim in a very short period of time.

Traditional techniques, such as oak aging together with the latest technology advances, produce wines which take their place among the best.

Two labels - "Spencer Hill" from one vineyard and "Tasman Bay" from a very select list of growers.

Spencer Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery
Philip & Sheryl Jones
PO Box 3255, Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand
Telephone/Facsimile: +64 3 543 2031

Click here for Spencer Hill Winery online brochure ...

Te Mãnia Estate
Intense varietal fruit flavours.  .  .
The Grape Escape
Te Mãnia Estate is a small, family owned vineyard run by a husband and wife team.  Only 20 acres of vines allow "hands on" viticulture practices to provide good fruit exposure and intense flavours.

A genuine concern for the environment and resultant vineyard practices are designed to have minimal impact upon surrounding environs, whilst ensuring future sustainability of crops.  Work will continue in this direction to ensure continuance of an ongoing, genuine claim that these wines are "The riches of a clean green land."

Cellar door sales are situated in a refurbished winery known as "The Grape Escape Winery & Cellar".

Te Mãnia Wines
Jon and Cheryl Harrey
Pughs Road, RD1 Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand
Telephone/Facsimile: +64 3 544 4541

Click here for Te Mãnia Wines online brochure ...

Waimea Estates (Nelson) Limited
   ' .  .  .  concentration, texture, balance.'
Waimea Estates (Nelson) Limited
Established in 1993, Waimea Estates is one of the four largest vineyard & winery operations in the Nelson region.  Wines are made from the best sites of both Waimea Estates and selected growers.

Yields are controlled, canopy management is intensive.  Primary focus is on growing top quality grapes and ensuring they reach the winery in good condition.  Patience at harvest rewards with ripe and highly concentrated fruit.  The multitude of awards and accolades bear testament to the philosophies within the winery itself.

Waimea Estates Cellars & Café are open seven days a week for tastings, lunches, snacks and dinner.

Waimea Estates (Nelson) Limited
Trevor and Robyn Bolitho
148 Main Road Hope, Nelson, New Zealand
Telephone/Facsimile: +64 3 544 6385

Click here for Waimea Estates online brochure ...

Andrew Greenhough & Jenny Wheeler
Patons Road, RDI, Hope, Nelson, New Zealand
Telephone +64 3 542 3886 Facsimile +64 3 542 3462

Open 10am - 5pm ... Labour Weekend to Easter - weekends only    January to February - daily

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