A significant proportion of the region’s economy is devoted to growing, harvesting and eating fresh food and wine. Soil structure tends to clay loams over hard clay subsoil and climatically the region is sheltered from rain by mountains to the west.
Nelson is amongst the countries smaller wine regions, and you will be able to visit most of its wineries in a single day. Wineries are picturesque and many offer the chance to taste wines the way they should be – with fresh local cuisine. Nelson vineyards concentrate on grape varieties suited to cooler conditions, with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir accounting for most of the grapes grown.