Waimea Estate, one of the regions largest wine producers has been sold to New Zealand financial services company Booster which is a KiwiSaver fund provider and will now be in partnership with the Awatere River Wine Company in Marlborough.
Congratulations to Falcon Ridge Estate for their 2015 Syrah which won a Gold Medal at the 2017 Global Syrah Masters in London.
A full list of Award winners is still yet to be published but we will link it to this blog once it has been.
"Chard in Nelson's backyard" - Andrew J. Steel
Love what happens when natural beauty, a photographic eye, artistic talent and great wine collide. This #unofficialcollab by artist Andrew J. Steel, with his take on Nelson's backyard.
Yesterday Laurie Stradling, Viticulturist for Kaimira Wines, competed in the Marlborough Young Viticulturist competition representing Nelson.
Both Waimea Estate and Spencer Hill have been awarded Double Golds for their Spinyback Pinot Gris 2016 and 2013 Spencer Hill Moutere "Wild One" Pinot Noir respectively, at the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC).
Joe Czerwinski, wine journalist, editor and taster for over a decade, provides five tips to getting the most out of a visit to a wine region and a look at five of his most memorable trips, including a visit to Neudorf in 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.
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].
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.
Whilst it's early days for this new varietal in New Zealand, three local Nelson producers are already earning accolades.
“Battered scallops or oysters and a bottle of Albariño wine – you’ll be in Heaven,” – that’s the appetite-nudging recommendation from Kono’s Whenua Matua Vineyard Manager, Jonny Hiscox.
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.
A treasure haul of medals; Nelson winery Richmond Plains taking out three of the 26 Gold medals awarded and four Nelson wineries receiving a further five of the 16 Silver medals at the New Zealand Organic Wine Awards.
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
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.
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.
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
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.