We stayed at Nelson for a couple of days to visit the family, of course at the same time, wineries visit is a must.
There are 23 cellar doors to visit in Nelson, all family-owned.
Where is Nelson?
Nelson is located at the northern tip of New Zealand’s south island. Known for Abel Tasman National Park for camping, hiking and fishing, also some up-coming wineries at this region. They are blessed with one of the sunniest place in New Zealand (still debating with their neighbour Marlborough who has the longest hours of sunshine in New Zealand).
Wineries we visited in Nelson
#1: Neudorf Winery
One of the most sought-after wines in Nelson.
- Open 7 days, 11am to 5 pm
- $5 donation to helicopter fund
The vines in Neudorf were first planted in the late 70s, close to 40 years later, today Neudorf is regarded as one of the top small wineries with a great reputation for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 2014 received Bob Campbell MW’s first perfect score of 100 points.
- Farmed organic and sustainably
- Dry Farming
- Pinot Rosé 2017 – dry, sharp, intense with good acidity. 4.5/5
- Rosie’s Block Chardonnay 2016 – a stylish Chardonnay with good citrus and vanilla note, French oak, light-medium bodied with good acid. 4/5
- Tom’s Block Pinot Noir 2014 – dark ruby colour, expresssive nose of savoury dark fruit, spice and plum. Medium bodied, silky tannins. Unfined, unfiltered. Definitely not the typical fruit bomb New Zealand Pinot Noir like.
- Moutere Pinot Noir 2015 – a tighter and more structured than Tom’s Block. Green pepper, dark fruit with medium tannins. A bottle to be cellared for sure.
#2: Himmelsfeld Vineyard
This is a unique, super small boutique winery in Nelson. A hidden gem I must say.
While everybody can’t wait to sell their latest vintage wines, Himmelsfeld chooses to hold and bottle age their wines before release. The bottles are still using the cork closure instead of the usual screwcap that you can find in most NZ wines.
According to Bob Campsell, MW, the best Cabernet Sauvignon in New Zealand is from here!
Open daily: 11am-5pm
Tasting fee: $5
#3 Brightwater Vineyards
A reputable & quality producer in Nelson, it was crowned as “New Zealand Winemaker of the Year – 2012”.
Overlooking the village of Brightwater, hence the name of the vineyard. A modern estate with minimal intervention approach to let the wines to express its terroir.
Open: Monday to Friday 11am – 4.30pm
#4 Seifried Estate
The oldest family-owned winery in Nelson, started since 1973.
Lookout for : ‘Sweet Agnes’ Riesling – NZ’s most awarded dessert wine.
Cellar door: open daily Mon-Sun 10 am – 5 pm.
Tasting Fees: waived upon purchase any bottle
#5 Rimu Wine Bar
No time to visit all the wineries in Nelson? Just head to Rimu Wine Bar near Mapua Wharf. Recommended by the local, where you can chill and enjoy a range of Nelson wines by the glass or bottle. with food:)
There you go! Hope the post is helpful if you are visiting Nelson for wine.
Which is your favourite Nelson wine?
So, if you’ve been to Nelson, or going to, which is your favourite Nelson wine?
Anything else that you could recommend? Please comments below! I want to know!
Of course, other than wine tasting, remember to take at least another day to explore the national park like hiking, fishing, picnic, camping..
Video below shows the highlight of our fishing day with the family in Nelson.
Thanks for reading. Until the next post: Marlborough!