Touring the Vineyards
The Nelson Wine trail map can direct you to all our Nelson wineries. A new wine trail is produced each year with vineyard opening times, varietals and important things you need to know.
There are around 25 vineyards you can visit in Nelson. We may not have as many vineyards as Marlborough, but we are happy to report that Nelson wines win more awards!
Each winery we have listed has a cellar door tasting room, so you can often meet the winemaker in person. Most vineyards are happy to ship wines internationally.
Recommended Vineyard Tours
We recommend the following tour guides who can guide you around the vineyards of either Nelson or Marlborough:
Some of our favourites to visit include:
Rimu Wine Bar
By the wharf at Mapua, Rimu Wine Bar have the most comprehensive selection of wines to taste from around the entire Nelson region - the also make great pizzas and platters, or you can enjoy your wine with fish and chips from across the road! Rimu Wine Bar
Award winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in a relaxed country setting with delightful garden to sit and enjoy the wines. They have a mini deli with yummy local cheeses to match with a glass or two. Neudorf Vineyards
Rimu Grove Winery
Multiple award winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from a tasting room with fantastic estuary views. Patrick is a character, and his wines are very tasty! Rimu Grove Winery
The banner photo above is at Rimu Grove.
Good wines in a stunning landscape, check out the sculptures and construction of the winery. They have a nice little gallery at the tasting room too.
Casa Del Vino
Anne at Casa Del Vino in Nelson City has an excellent selection in the one store. She can also ship wines to your home.
Nelson has a growing craft beer industry and great coffee too:
The Free House
Lovely old church with best selection of craft beers in NZ, also lots of live performances in the yurt in the garden.
Sprig & Fern
Serving more craft beers from around NZ in Hardy Street.
The successful producer of the Stoke beer range, they also host a small market with live music on the weekend.
This is where we buy our coffee, it’s a cute and cozy shop with small coffee bar. Their range of teas is mindboggling too.