Buying wine on holiday lets you recapture the sunshine and the enjoyment when you return home.
Nelson Region is famed for its boutique wineries, without exception set in beautiful surroundings with vineyards stretching to the mountains or the sea. Meet the winemakers at their cellar doors, enjoy lunch at one of the vineyard cafés, taste, drink and select wines for your cellar.
Most of the vineyards are on the softly rolling Moutere Hills, formed from the weathered gravels of an ancient river system, and the gravel-threaded clay soils are renowned for producing wines of richness and texture. There are also vineyards at Kina and Ruby Bay, and as the Moutere clay soils flow through to the coast the wines there yield similar characters.
The Pinot Noir is deeply flavoured with fine tannins and elegance, the Chardonnay is complex and multi-faceted with excellent structure. Moutere Hills and Ruby Coast winemakers also produce excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Gris.
The entire hop crop of New Zealand is grown in a 350 hectare triangle that includes pockets in the Moutere Hills.
- Ninety percent of the hop crop is exported, but in recent times the trend towards craft beers has seen more boutique breweries springing up and taking advantage of the locally grown hops.
- There is a brewery at Upper Moutere, another on the Mapua Wharf, and New Zealand’s oldest pub, the Moutere Inn serves a continuously changing range of New Zealand craft beer and cider.