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Welcome to the Wines of Nelson

Nelson is located at the top of the South Island to the west of Marlborough. The region is a paradise for potters, painters, alternative life-stylers, foodies and wine tourists. It enjoys a lot of sun, has golden sand beaches, beautiful scenery, fertile plains and snow capped ranges.

A significant proportion of the Region's economic activity concerns the growing, processing and eating of fruit, vegetables, livestock and seafood. Of the 200 hectares planted in grapes almost 25% is in Sauvignon Blanc, 20% in Chardonnay, just under 20% in Riesling and the remainder in varieties including Pinot Noir.

Wineries in the Nelson region are picturesque. Many also offer the chance to taste local wines with food in well appointed restaurants.

On 28 January 2001 Nelson will celebrate the success of its food and wines at the Taste Nelson Experiencce. The festival will feature local restaurants and wineries and live entertainment. For more information telephone Wayne McCrorie on +64-4-5445208.

Regional Vintage Guide

The table below indicates the quality of wine vinatges in the Nelson Region for each of the past ten years. Please note that the information is indicative only and that the quality of grapes grown may vary from one vineyard to another.




Nelson
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2000
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Excellent
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good
Good

Recommended Wineries

Neudorf Vineyard is situated in the Upper Moutere Valley of Nelson. It is credited with producing one of New Zealand's very best Chardonnay's. UK wine writer for the Independent, Anthony Rose, described Tim Finn's Chardonnay as "New Zealand's convincing answer to premier cru Puligny Montrachet". It is a powerful Chardonnay made from ripe fruit and exposed to the softening effects of melolactic fermentation. The Chardonnay is competitively priced, cellars well and is exported to the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Australia, Singapore and the United States of America. If visiting the winery over summer, enjoy a glass of Neudorf Chardonnay at the winery's own restaurant.

Neuforf
Vineyard
Spencer Hill Estate is owned by Philip Jones and produces the award winning Tasman Bay Chardonnay as well as other wines under the Spencer Hill label. The Tasman Bay Chardonnay has won awards from competitions in Auckland, Sydney, Hong Kong, San Francisco and London. It is smooth and creamy, and drinks well while young. Spencer Hill Winery also makes a very good Sauvignon Blanc.

Spencer Hill
Estate
Ruby Bay is a very small winery with a great location. It overlooks the beautiful Tasman Bay, gets lots of sun, has clay gravel soils and misses out on the worst of the frosts. The fruit of its vineyard ripens early, and is made by Anita Ewart-Clay into her award winning Chardonnay wine that is smooth and toasty. To make the winery even more appealing to the visitor, it has a restaurant that is open over summer.

Ruby Bay
Winery
Seifried is the biggest and one of the oldest established wine producers in Nelson. Hermann and Agnes Seifried established their first vineyard in 1973 in the Moutere Valley between Nelson and Motueka. The original winery has since been outgrown, and Seifried is now located in the district of Redwood. Main varieties grown include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, GewŁrztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. Seifried wines and priced competively, and represent very good value. The winerys 1997 Barrique Fermented Chardonnay was recentl awarded a gold medal at the International Wine Challenge 2000 (London) as was its 1998 Old Church Road Chardonnay. The 1998 Barrique Fermented Chardonnay was awarded a gold medal at the 1999 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Seifried wines are exported to England, The Republic of Ireland, Germany, Austria, Thailand, Taiwan and Canada (Ontario), Australia, the US, Hong Kong and Japan.

Seifried



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