New Zealand | Nelson
Established in 1841, the historic town of Nelson sits on the edge of Tasman Bay at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, it enjoys a unique mesoclimate that is perfect for the production of aromatic grape varieties.
Although this is a small, little known wine region, wines made from Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer are considered to be some of the best in New Zealand. Along with the aromatic varieties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are also widely planted in the Nelson wine region, producing wines that are more elegant in style than their Marlborough neighbours.
Early settlers to the region planted vines, but the modern viticultural industry didn't begin to blossom until the 1970s. Nelson is now home to about 25 wineries, most small, boutique operations producing premium wines.