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Nelson Wine Tours

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  • Freephone within NZ - 0800 229 868. Outside NZ +64 3 548 6486
  • Icons Tour of Marlborough - Taste range of wines, and fresh Greenshell Mussels
  • Wine & Art Tour - discover Nelson’s artistic life, includes over 10 wine tastings
  • Wine Tour - 1/2 day- sample over 20 wines from 4 award winning vineyards
  • Wine Tour - 1/2 day- twin regions, sample over 25 wine tastings (5 vineyards)
  • Wine Tour - full day - a truly exclusive tour, 5 wineries, travelling over 100km - includes lunch
  • Beer Tasting Tour - For the beer lover, a fun and informative tour

Nelson Wineries & Harvests

Experience Nelson Wineart
  • 23 family run wineries from the hills to the plains crafting exquisite wines. Journey into the countryside and meet the winemakers at their cellar doors.
  • Bask in the sunshine, enjoy lunch at one of the vineyard cafes, select wines for your cellar, taste . . . explore . . . Imbibe.
  • You’ll also discover art exhibitions, breathtaking views in the picturesque hills and plains of Nelson.
  • Per hectare of vines planted, Nelson consistently wins more trophies than other regions in New Zealand.
  • The region has a great reputation for the aromatic varieties - Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. It also has its own distinctive take on Sauvignon Blanc, some exquisite examples of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and some superb ‘stickies’.
  • Nelson wines are sold around the world, but you have the chance to experience our wines in the place they were created.
  • “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. These are creative people with a hands-on approach to the winemaking process”. Joelle Thomson, Wine Writer.

Tasman Wineries & Harvests

Cafe in the Vineyard at Waimea Estates

Appleby Highway, Hope +64 (0) 3 544 4963. An exceptional Nelson experience, indoor/outdoor lunch-time dining among the vines. Cellar door tastings and sales. Open 7 days summer 11am to 5pm; winter, phone ahead.

Fossil Ridge

Boutique Vineyard. Hart Road, Richmond +64 (0) 3 544 7459. A family owned boutique vineyard producing award winning wines from single vineyard grapes. Come and experience the wines in intimate surroundings, nestled in the Richmond foothills. Summer: 11am - 5pm daily. Wnter: 12pm - 3pm Mon to Fri or by appointment.

Kaimira Wines

97 Livingston Road, RD1, Brightwater +64 (0) 3 542 3491. The first carboNZZero winery in Nelson. Visit their cellar door/art gallery for tasting and sales of award-winning aromatics, Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from Kaimira Estate.

Neudorf Vineyards

Neudorf Road, Upper Moutere. +64 (0) 3 543 2643. “Neudorf is one of New Zealand’s top wineries ... Wines suffused with minerality and nervosite” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

New Zealand's Oldest Pub

1406 Moutere Highway, Upper Moutere. +64 (0) 3 543 2759. Nelson’s Moutere Inn is celebrating its 160th birthday this year and it’s been a gentle journey for the landmark pub. Located in Upper Moutere, around 30 minutes west of Nelson, the Moutere Inn is this country’s oldest pub in its original building. Recently ranked 45th in the recent Lonely Planet’s Best Bar in the World competition, the Moutere Inn is comfortably the highest ranking put of any in New Zealand. The Inn has a growing list of regular events. Favourites include regular showcases of styles of beer or particular breweries, local and overseas bands, and a well patronised Folk Music Evening on the first Thursday of each month. The owners of the Inn have also recently launched a nationwide guide for lovers of fine ales and beers.

Seifried's Vineyard Restaurant

cnr Redwood Road and Highway 60. +64 (0) 3 544 1555. With delicious cuisine and fabulous wines this is a dining experience you’ll just love. Fenced playround, children’s menu. Wineshop open daily for sales and tastings. Restaurant open Thurs - Sun with longer hours during the summer. Please phone for reservations.

Te Mania Wines

108 McShane Road, Richmond Pioneers on the Waimea Plains, Te Mania make vibrant fruit driven white wines. Wine Tasting & Cellar Door.

Waimea Estates

Appleby Highway, Hope +64 (0) 3 544 6385. Owners of Waimea Estates have been growing grapes on Nelson’s Waimea Plains since 1993. The first vintage release was of a trophy-winning Sauvignon Blanc in 1997. There are now over 110 hectares of grapes planted in six vineyards. Winery, wine sales, Cafe.

Wine Tours

Freephone 0800 66 88 35. 3 to 4 local wineries plus a brewery or historic pub. Departs daily at 12.30pm returns approx 5pm.

Marlborough Wineries & Harvests

The Marlborough Wine Trail

It’s been said that there is no wine anywhere in the world that tastes like the wine of Marlborough - that extraordinary purity and intensity of flavours and aroma. Stylish, exciting wines that surprise and delight.

So what is it that makes the wines of Marlborough so distinctively exquisite? As with any of the great wine making regions of the world, the answer lies in a magical synergy of climate and soil, underpinned by a desire to express this unique terroir. It is a diverse landscape of spectacular natural beauty and bounty.

Today, Marlborough is recognised as one of the premium wine regions of the world and draws international acclaim that far outweighs its size. In the span of just a few decades, winemakers have embraced this small yet geographically diverse region, exploring the nuances offered by its landscape to craft exhilarating flavours in many different wine styles. Soil variations, coupled with variation in geography, rainfall and temperature, has given rise to the emergence of three loosely banded viticultural sub-regions within Marlborough - The Wairau, Southern and Awatere Valleys.

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is acclaimed throughout the world as the definitive benchmark style for the varietal.

Marlborough has over 40 cellar doors open to the public, all of them listed on the Marlborough Wine Trail Map. The top scoring cellar door is awarded the coveted ‘Cellar Door of the Year’ trophy. The 2010 Cellar Door of the Year is Gibson Bridge, situated on SH6 on the outskirts of Renwick.

If you're considering doing a wine tour and require accommodation in Marlborough, be sure to consider staying at top motel Blenheim Palms Motel.


270 Paynters Road, RD2, Blenheim. (03) 578 0622. Auntsfield is the site of Marlborough’s first Vineyard and Winery, established in 1873. Visit the Cellar Door and experience authentic handcrafted wines inspired by Auntsfield’s history. Guided tours are available to the original vineyard and winery 10-11am (Bookings essential).

Cloudy Bay Vineyards

Jacksons Road, Blenheim. (03) 520 9140. Innovation, meticulous attention to detail, and regional expression are the guiding principles of Cloudy Bay. Sit outside the spacious cellar door and enjoy a glass of wine in summer or warm yourself by the open fire in winter. Cellar door is open seven days a week 10-5pm for tastings.

Drylands Estate

Hammerichs Road, Rapaura, Blenheim. (03) 570 5252. Enjoy the Drylands experience when you visit Marlborough. They cordially invite you and your friends to go and taste their superb and diverse range of wines. Enjoy delicious local food at their restaurant, situated in the heart of the vineyards. Easily accessible, they are only a few minutes from the airport and central Blenheim.

Domaine George Michel

56 Vintage Lane, RD3, Rapaura, Marlborough. (03) 572 7230. George Michel was already heartedly enamoured by wine when he and his family decided to move to New Zealand and establish Georges Michel Wine Estate in 1997. They focus on producing top quality Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Viognier.

Framingham Wines

Conders Bend Road, Renwick, Marlborough. (03) 572 8884. A broad range of quality aromatics set the Framingham wines apart. Four distinct Rieslings, including the renowned Classic Riesling. One of the oldest vineyards in Marlborough.

Forest Estate Wines

19 Blicks Road, Renwick. (03) 572 9084. The Forrest cellar door has a casual kiwi feel set in a quiet park setting. A large variety of wines is on offer, a chance to taste a couple of your favourites, or be adventurous and try a tasting tray with your choice of six wines. Pack a picnic lunch and spend and spend the afternoon with them Open daily 10.30-4.30pm.

Gibson Bridge Vineyard

cnr Gee Street & Nelson Highway, Renwick. (03) 572 5180. 2010 Supreme Winner of the Marlborough "Cellar Door" with a first time ever 100% award (an award for excellence in Knowledge , presentation, and welcome). Open winter 7 days 1 pm till 4.30 pm or phone them at Home ( they live on the vineyard only 300 metres away) to confirm or if the Cellar door is found to be closed Phone 572 5188 or mobile 021 947 555 for tastings and wine sales.

Hunter's Garden Cafe & Cellar Door

603 Rapaura Road, Blenheim. (03) 572 8489. On a cool day you can sit by the fire - if it’s warm and sunny, our award winning native garden is the obvious place to relax. Open all year, 7 days. Lunch 11.30-3pm, Dinner Wednesday to Saturday, Children welcome.

Moa Brewery & Bar Moa

Jacksons Road, RD3, Blenheim. (03) 572 5146. Established in 2003 with a focus on brewing premium boutique beers. Now the Moa hunter can enjoy the full range of Moa beers as well as a selection of fine wines at Bar Moa. Open daily in summer from 10am until late with reduced hours in winter.

Montana Brancott Winery

RD4, Riverlands, State Highway 1, Blenheim. (03) 577 5776. It features and elegant restaurant, retail store, tasting room and wine education facility. The Cellar Door offers an attractive retail environment for winery visitors. Winery Tours - 10-3pm daily, Cellar Door - 10-4.30pm daily, Restaurant - 10.30-3pm daily.

Nautilus Estate of Marlborough

12 Rapaura Road, Renwick. (03) 572 6008. Producing consistently high quality, award-winning wines since 1985. Their Cellar Door opened in 2000 along with their dedicated Pinot Noir Winery, the first in New Zealand. Winery tours by appointment. Open 10-4.30pm Summer, 12noon-4.30 Winter.

River Farm Wines

36 Godfrey Road, RD2, Blenheim. (03) 572 9091. Enjoy a relaxed yet informative tasting of their quality distinctive Marlborough wines complemented by specially selected cheeses and their own olive oil. Cellar Door open late October to late March 11-5.30pm.

Seresin Estate

85 Bedford Road, Off SH63, Renwick. (03) 572 9408. Situated on the Wairau Plains, the 165 hectare estate is managed organically and biodynamically encompasses three different properties. Taste the wines, extra virgin olive oils and estate honey and preserves at the Cellar Door, open 7 days from 10-4.30pm. Tours by appointment.

Saint Clair Family Estate Wines Cellar Door & Cafe

Cnr Selmes Road & Rapaura Roads. (03) 570 5280. An extensive range of wines is available for purchase, or relax and enjoy a delightful café meal in the courtyard. Open 7 days 9-5pm.

Spy Valley Wines

Lake Timara Road West. (03) 572 9840. Voted 2009 Cellar Door of the year by mystery tasters. Cellar Door open 7 days 10-4pm Oct - Apr, weekdays Apr - Oct.

Wither Hills

211 New Renwick Road, Blenheim. (03) 520 8284. The iconic Wither Hills winery is suitated on the Southern side of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. The Cellar Door is an elegant blend of contemporary design and comfortable sophistication - a great showcase for Wither Hills’ superbly crafted wines in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

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