Nelson is the country's eighth largest wine region and is an area of artists, artisans and very stylish wines. Nelson winemakers specialize and excel in grape varieties that respond to cooler growing conditions. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir account for over 80% of the region's vineyard area.

Nelson Wine RegionViticulture occupies scattered pockets with a range of horticultural activities on the alluvial loam soils of the Waimea Plains and in the folds and valleys of the beautiful hills throughout the district. Soil structure here changes to clay loams over hard clay subsoil.

The region is unusually sited on the western side of the country near the northern tip of the South Island. Mountains to the west of the region provide a rain shadow effect while coastline helps to moderate temperature extremes.

Wine and mussel Cruise

A short trip to Havelock will have you at the entrance to Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds - the Greenshell Mussel Capital of the World. Enjoy a waterfront lunch before boarding your cruise into the tranquil Sounds. Your Skipper will tell facinating stories of the ancient Maori tribes of the region and the history of the pioneering families who settled over 6 generations ago.  Your visit to a Greenshell Mussel farm will leave you in no doubt as to why this delicacy grows so well in the Sounds. Taste this local treat – freshly steamed mussels matched perfectly to a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Wine and art tour 

There is no better way to explore and discover the quintessential Nelson lifestyle as the Wine & Art Nelson Tour takes you to meet artists and into the galleries exhibiting art forms of all persuasions. Winemakers share their world class wine as the host prepares matching food and lunch and refreshments showcase the huge variety of produce from this food bowl in the sunniest part of New-Zealand. This is the secret lifestyle that attracts so many to live in Nelson and enjoy its special vibrancy!