The home for fine wine in the heart of Nelson

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The home for fine wine in the heart of Nelson

Nelson’s Casa del Vino is now the city’s first-ever fine wine shop and tasting bar. If you haven’t been to Casa, it’s in the heart of the Nelson CBD at 214 Hardy Street. Completely transformed last year, it will remind you of some of the most elegant wine bars and tasting rooms of Europe.

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Port Nelson’s QuayConnect wins Green Ribbon Award

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Port Nelson’s QuayConnect wins Green Ribbon Award

Winner of the coveted Resilience to Climate Change category in the national 2017 Green Ribbon Awards for its QuayConnect freight logistics model, Port Nelson "shows the sort of practical and innovative initiatives that can make a real difference to the difficult problems of climate change" [Nick Smith, MP].

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Nick Stock: Checking in on the best Pinot Noir

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Nick Stock: Checking in on the best Pinot Noir

Across the Nelson and Marlborough region there are number of wineries that are renowned for producing outstanding Pinot Noir wines, however, in a recent report by Nick Stock regional stars include Neudorf, which works with old vines, and Mahana, run by Michael Glover.
Stock described both the 2014 and 2015 Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noirs as worthy of collecting and maturing; capable of attaining the kind of sweet decay that you find in the best older Burgundy wines with age. 

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Mother Nature can be a Fickle Mistress!

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Mother Nature can be a Fickle Mistress!

Vintage 2017 - by Hamish Kempthorne, Head Winemaker of Waimea Estates

To say that the Nelson grape harvest of 2017 threw out some challenges would be an understatement. However, despite the at times wicked hand of Mother Nature the wines now safely fermenting in tank and barrel are full of promise with some exciting wines to look forward to as an expression of the Nelson wine-growing region for another year.

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Sauvignon Blanc & Kono Greenshell Mussels

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Sauvignon Blanc & Kono Greenshell Mussels

In celebration of International Sauvignon Blanc Day on 5 May, we thought we'd share a recipe that you could prepare that pairs exceptionally well with a local Sauvignon Blanc! This recipe and many others can be found on aquaculture.org.nz

Kono Greenshell Mussels in a Coconut Curry Sauce

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Nelson Sauvignon Blanc

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Nelson Sauvignon Blanc

Hear more about Sauvignon Blanc from outside of Marlborough; in particular from Nelson's Andrew Greenhough and Hermann Seifried, along with wimemakers from Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa and Canterbury. 

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Harbour views & Sauvignon Blanc

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Harbour views & Sauvignon Blanc

Friday 5 May is International Sauvignon Blanc Day, New Zealand's most widely planted varietal. 

Sauvignon Blanc makes up at least 80% of the $1.6 billion of wine exports from New Zealand annually and Nelson has the third largest plantings in New Zealand, behind Marlborough and Hawke's Bay.

Local restaurant Harbour Light Bistro is joining in the celebrations with their special 3 course set menu, pairing a Sauvignon Blanc with each course. 

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Homemade Pinot Noir Marshmallows

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Homemade Pinot Noir Marshmallows

Pinot Noir Marshmallows...did that stop you in your Easter tracks?? With the weather looking like indoor festivities this Easter, why not give these a try using a local Pinot Noir. 

The recipe has been adapted from Molly Yeh (to include local Nelson Pinot Noir).

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Photos from Nelson

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Photos from Nelson

It was fantastic to be able to host the NZ Winegrowers Aromatics Symposium in Nelson in January this year and even better to read what the Delegates had to say about their stay in our region. 

One of the fantastic Delegates was Elaine Chukan Brown who shares her visit to Nelson on wakawakawinereviews.com

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Governor General Winemakers Reception

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Governor General Winemakers Reception

It was an honour to host the Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne at Greenhough for lunch, with local Winemakers getting the opportunity to discuss our region and it's influence on the New Zealand wine industry. 

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Wine Regions Video: Nelson & Marlborough

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Wine Regions Video: Nelson & Marlborough

Australian Wine Writer Nick Stock produced a video covering both the Nelson & Marlborough Wine Regions for New Zealand's most significant wine event, Pinot Noir 2017. Showcasing local wine producers, artists, hops & cider producers.

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Aromatics Symposium 2017

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Aromatics Symposium 2017

Extraordinary.

That’s how I’d describe the efforts of the generous group of volunteers who worked tirelessly across three days to ensure that the Nelson wine region was firmly positioned on the NZ wine map for the 55 Delegates that New Zealand Wine (NZW) brought out from 12 countries for the Aromatics Symposium. Because of the extraordinary efforts of this group of volunteers Nelson was able to showcase our region not only for our excellence in wine-making but also as a region of producers who care for each other and for the continued success of our wine regions future.

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2016 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

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2016 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Another successful haul of medals at this years Air New Zealand Wine Awards, where 1,392 wines were entered. 6.5 percent of entries were awarded Gold Medals and 70% of all entries received awards.

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Bragato 2016 Champion trophies

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Bragato 2016 Champion trophies

Another stunning trophy cabinet haul, with two Champion Trophies collected by local producers at the Bragato Dinner in Marlborough last night.

Jonny Hiscox collected the Brother Cyprian Trophy Winner and Champion Pinot Gris for Aronui Pinot Gris Single Vineyard Nelson 2016 and newcomer Alan Eggers received the Alan Limmer Trophy Winner and Champion Syrah for Falcon Ridge Estate Syrah Nelson 2015.

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Nelson produces the top two NZ Pinot Noir

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Nelson produces the top two NZ Pinot Noir

It's no secret that Nelson produces some of New Zealand's finest wine; from Chardonnay to Aromatics, Sauvignon to Pinots. But it's always great confirmation when our wines are recognised amongst the greatest. 

Two Nelson Pinots were named as the top two NZ Pinots by Jasper Morris MW, in a recent tasting of NZ Pinots for the magazine The World of Fine Wine.

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