Nelson enjoys two different and adjacent wine growing regions, the Waimea Plains and the Moutere Hills, where different soils and climates produce distinctive flavours.
We offer either a half day tour of mainly Waimea Plain vineyards, or a full day tour of both regions.
The two Nelson wine growing regions, though adjoining, even overlapping in places, are distinctly different.
The Waimea Plains, ‘River Garden’ in Maori, just to the South of Richmond is an alluvial plain with stony soils, lying under an open sky ensuring long summer days, tempered with some influence from the sea which bounds one edge of the Plains. This is ideal for aromatic wines, making them vibrant with strong fruit flavours. The main varieties grown here tend to be Chardonnay, Pinot and Sauvignon.
Meanwhile, just to the west of the Plains the gently rolling Moutere Hills region starts, with its weathered gravels from ancient river systems, mixed with clay. This region is renowned for the richness and texture of its wines, usually more complicated in flavour than those from the Plains. In addition to the aromatics grown on the Plains, growers in the Hills also grow Riesling, Tempranillo and other varieties.
For the Half Day tour of about four hours two Plains wineries will be visited for tasting, in addition to Mapua Wharf, which can also be a lunch option. The Full Day tour will visit wineries from both growing areas, allowing direct comparisons to be made. Lunch can be arranged at Mapua Wharf or Fosters at Moutere Hills Vineyard, or we can arrange a picnic at Neudorf vineyard for an additional cost.
Half Day $135 pp, Full day $195 pp