If you've followed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies, you must’ve been amazed by the locations where these were shot. We know these places! They're in Nelson, New Zealand. Get along with us on a quick journey of this land of stunning landscapes, lakes, beaches and mountains.
History of Nelson Wines
Also known as Nelson Tasman, Nelson is a region with rich history of horticulture and artistic endeavours. It’s the oldest settlement in the South Island of New Zealand and has been long celebrated for its bountiful crops and orchards. The first grapevines of this region were planted in the 1800s by German settlers, but the modern wine world is said to have been introduced here in 1970s. Pioneering producers such as Seifried and Neudorf are still going strong in this region.
Nelson's climate is its best mate. The land receives New Zealand's highest annual sunshine and hence is nicknamed 'Sunny Nelson' (pretty much like Just Wines – clear by its name itself). Lots of sunshine, sheltered topography, mild winters, warm summers and ocean-influenced climate create perfect conditions for viticultural practices.
Wines & Wineries
Nelson has a vibrant cafe culture with some wineries offering both wines and draw-cards at their cellar door. As far as its best grown varieties are concerned, this NZ region produces elegant, crisp whites, rich in fresh herbal characters and vivacious tropical fruit flavours. Pinot Noir is doing great in the red cadre, showing complex depths and fine structure with a perfumed nose. The region’s elegant & complex Chardonnay wines and expressive aromatics like Riesling, Pinot Gris & Gewürztraminer wine are also stealing the limelight in the wine world.
Top Chardonnay wines from Nelson are known for their longevity, purity of fruit and intensity. Don’t miss them. Try some Nelson wines today to experience what quality this land delivers. Cheers!