Taste the wine of Nelson-Tasman

New Zealand Winegrowers describes Nelson as a boutique wine region that produces outstanding Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and aromatics, along with several ‘impressive’ emerging varieties.

‘Nelson’ wines are produced in Tasman, but the regions’ promoters refer to the two districts like a Siamese twin, Nelson-Tasman.

Wine varieties are classic New Zealand, but the wine makers capitalise on the unique terroir and plentiful sunshine to bring out the region’s distinct flavour notes.

There are some very well-known labels made in Tasman, and they join marketing forces and collaborate with the smaller wine makers. Some of the cellar doors offer luxury accommodation, art, and food. All well worth exploring if you’re a ‘taste seeker’.

Of the 18 cellar doors listed on the Taste Nelson Wine map,12 are within riding distance from the Great Taste Trail. We recommend you plan to allow enough time to visit a cellar door or two.

The sub-region ‘Tasman Coastal’ lies roughly between Māpua and Riwaka. You can detour from the Great Taste Trail to discover Riwaka River Estate, Kina Beach Vineyard, Kina Cliffs Vineyard, Blackenbrook Vineyard, Ruby Bay Vineyard and Rimu Wine Bar (right in Māpua).

The sub region ‘Waimea Plains’ takes in the well-known Seifried Estate and its restaurant, and five other vineyards, again all pretty close to the Great Taste Trail.

Do check the websites prior as some close for the winter months, and others have limited or by-appointment opening hours.

The best place to start is Wine Nelson  Download the cellar door map or use the Nelson Tasman Wineries Google map.