This picturesque region, found on the northern tip of the South Island, benefits from high sunshine hours, a sheltered, moderating coastal climate and free-draining, semi-fertile soil.
Nelson is a boutique wine region producing outstanding Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and aromatics, as well as an impressive mix of emerging varieties.
Long renowned for it's bountiful crops and orchards, Nelson's wine roots were cultivated in the mid-1800s, when German settlers planted the areas first grape vines to produce wine.
Pioneering 1970s producers established the modern wine industry – with iconic names such as Seifried and Neudorf still going strong.
Nelson has a vibrant artistic and café culture, with many wineries offering both draw-cards at their cellar doors.
The region’s compact size means visitors can get around most wineries in a day, with many choosing to do so by bicycle.
Being slightly off the beaten track a visit offers a wonderful sense of tranquility and relaxation.