We are spoilt for choice here in Nelson and Tasman when it comes to Vineyards and each one is unique in its own special way. All the cellar doors, where you can taste the beautiful wines, are all family owned. What a treat to meet the people who poured their heart and soul into the drop you are about to taste. Some have a small charge for tastings, often refunded or credited towards any purchases you make. Many have food and platters on offer to enjoy, several with restaurants. Vineyards are a popular choice for weddings and our region has no shortage of those on offer for such a special day.
With two very distinct areas there is something sure to please everyone. The flatter regions are more of a stony soil with very high sunshine hours, creating vibrant wines while the hills are gravel and clay which are well known for producing wines full of richness. So lets get to it and help find your perfect drop.
Brightwater Vineyards – Located in Hope this wee beauty boasts loads of award winning wines. The cellar door and tasting room is spacious and welcoming, make the most of the beautiful sunny deck. Your hosts can help you sample the wines and make each visit an enjoyable experience. Opening times and days of business vary so please have a look at the link for all the details.
Seifried Estate – Located on the Corner of State Highway 60 and Redwood Road this gorgeous vineyard has numerous trophy winning wines. Home to the Sweet Agnes Riesling, this is just one of the ‘must try” here! The cellar door is on your right when you enter the beautiful building. This is a beautiful location, right on the doorstep of Rabbit Island.
Richmond Plains – Located on McShane Road in Richmond this amazing vineyard was New Zealand’s first to be certified for Organic Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. You can also try something a little different, a pinot noir made as a white and its just scrummy. Make a weekend of it and stop over in their beautiful cottage, complete with swimming pool and games room, a bottle of wine is included to welcome you. You can also taste wines from Te Mania at the same cellar door. Two vineyards to try in one location, perfect.
Mahana – Formally known as Wollaston Estates this gem is located on Old Coach Road. The Winery itself is something very special, a four level gravity fed winery. Level one is also a function space and home to some amazing weddings. Try the wines themselves at the cellar door or stay for a delicious meal at Fosters and enjoy a bottle, platters and lighter lunch options are also available. Accommodation is also available at the Villa. Follow the link for amazing images of exactly what they have to offer, stunning!!
Neudorf Vineyards – Located on Neudorf Road in the Upper Moutere, this Vineyard has the most amazing setting. The cellar door itself provides an intimate experience for your tastings. They also have a baby deli where you can purchase artisan cheeses, cured meats and olives, enjoy them in the garden with your choice of wine or take home to savor later on. Be sure to check out their events guide as they host two amazing concerts every year.
Ruby Bay Vineyard – Located in Pomona Valley Road the views are amazing. They have luxury accommodation available, a wonderful vineyard cottage and the lodge, both options including breakfast, brilliant. The wines are award winning and after a few tastings you will understand why. They are also an approved vineyard by Sustainable Winegrowers New Zealand.
Next time you are out and about in our gorgeous region, or heading on a Sunday drive, why not stop into one of out amazing vineyards and see for your self whats on offer. You can also arrange a group of friends (with a designated sober driver, might have to buy them a bottle of something special to say thank you) and sample a few. We do have some amazing wine tour companies you can use. They will take you to several vineyards, give amazing commentary and pick up and drop you off at your accommodation so no one has to drive. Nelson Tours and Travel and Bay Tours have several options available, click the link for more details.
About the Author: The above article on Nelson and Tasman Vineyards was written and provided by Brent Palmer, a local leader in the field of Richmond and Nelson Real Estate sales, marketing, advanced technology for home selling, and social media. You can contact Brent Palmer here, or at 027 544 9921.
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