Partez à la découverte de Nelson, le rayon de soleil des vins néo-zélandais - Les Grappes

Explore Nelson, the sunshine of New Zealand wines

The region of Nelson, in the North of the South Island of New Zealand, has been growing vines since the end of the 60s, to the delight of our taste buds! Zoom on this wine region that makes you dream of its beauty and the wines it produces!

The wine region of Nelson - New Zealand

As early as 1872, Romeo Bragato, a winegrower appointed by the government to assess the country's agricultural potential, declared the Nelson region "admirably situated for growing vines."And he was not mistaken! Today, no less than 34 winegrowers have planted their vines in the region. Here, we think about the earth and future generations: the majority of the vineyards are certified organic! Bordered by the Tasman Sea and encircled by two national parks (Abel Tasman and Kahurangi), it benefits from an idyllic setting, both for wine growing and wine tourism.

At the heart of Nelson's roots

Divided into two sub-regions (Moutere Hills on the hills and Waimea plains in the plain), Nelson enjoys a wide variety of soils. The vines are golden almost all year round as this is one of the sunniest regions in New Zealand with 2,405 hours of sunshine per year.

On these lands, we find true craftsmen of the vine. Dave Glover, 3 hectares of vines, does it all by himself.

A few meters further on, Michael, his son, has been vinifying the wines of Mahana, the neighbouring vineyard, for the past year. He emphasizes the terroir, and you can feel it. Here you look for your own identity, you experiment.

The Mahana vineyard:

Above, Tim and Judy Finn have been producing with their family since the early 80's, and this is one of the best Chardonnays in the country coming out of their barrels.

Proud of the wine tourism, a large part of the vineyards welcome you all year round to let you discover their wines and we love it!

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