The Moutere area was formed tens of thousands of years ago by outwash from the
Nelson Lakes Glaciers and wasn't always the lush farmland and grapevines of today.
Early pioneer settlement had to deal with meandering impassable swampy streams
and tangled bush.
The 19th century German settlement now known as Upper Moutere Village and other museums give testament to the hardships of these original European settlers.
Not until after years of intensive farming by German and English immigrants did the arrival of tobacco and kiwifruit finally bring better returns.
Later when tobacco farming had ceased, a young Austrian, Hermann Seifried, planted the region's first commercial vineyard on the Moutere Hills in 1973. Today you can see vineyards everywhere, taste wines at the cellar doors, dine at cafés and sample more of the region's specialties, olives, berries, apples, pears and kiwifruit.
The Moutere Hills overlooking Tasman Bay are based on clay gravels and the wines have a density of fruit with a backbone of minerality.
The Moutere area is very sunny - more than 2300 hours a year, making it one of New Zealand's sunniest regions. Clear skies allow for rapid cooling at night, nurturing the slow development of flavours and a gradual reduction in fruit acids.
This combination of climate and soil type produces long living wines showing concentrated but not overly fruity characters, with a fingerprint of textured minerally fruit acid.
The Inland Moutere Highway leads from Richmond to the Abel Tasman gateway of Marahau. Vineyards, olive groves, wineries, cafes in gorgeous outdoor settings . . . get into the heart of the region and see where our produce is grown and crafted into sumptuous fare for you to discover and devour!
Come and taste!
Owned by Tim and Judy Finn, Neudorf Vineyards is one of New Zealand's most
acclaimed vineyards. They aim to produce elegant wines with texture and
balance expressing the unique character of the gravelly Moutere clays -
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling.
The tasting room is open every day from 10.30 and you are welcome to bring a picnic hamper to enjoy in the vineyard garden
Gardener Valley Road RD!
Producers of long lived, well structured, traditionally styled red and white wines for the cellar and the table
Open everyday 10am to 5pm for much of the year
Glover's Vineyard lies in pretty, undulating countryside at Upper Moutere between the inland and coastal Nelson - Motueka highways. Glover and his wife, Penny, planted their first vines in Gardner Valley Road in 1984.
Dave Glover, a former Wellingtonian, spent 16 years in Australia
where he gained a PhD in algebra and worked in the Defence Department. Dave was convinced that the Upper Moutere climate was ideal for winemaking, and after tasting Tim Finn's 82 Cabernet Sauvignon, he was convinced that the potential was there. The Nelson area also is the place to live.
The six-hectare estate vineyard lies on a gentle, north facing slope. In low fertility clay threaded with decomposing rock, the Glovers have planted Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. At five tonnes per hectare, this is a low-cropping vineyard. Grapes are also bought from growers in Nelson. Glovers Annual output is very small - around 1000 cases. Since the first 1989 vintage, the bold, beefy, tannic estate-grown Pinot Noirs have attracted the most attention. Grapes from the hotter slope behind the winery yield a bold, strong- flavoured Back Block Pinot Noir with new oak influence and furry tannins that demand cellaring.
By contrast, the Front Block Pinot Noir, aged in seasoned oak casks, is a fragrant, more supple and forward style.
The Moutere Inn
Established in 1850 by German immigrant Cordt Bensemann The Moutere Inn has been at the centre of The Moutere Valley for over 150 years and is the oldest pub in the country still operating out of its original building.
Visitors to the pub don't just have history and great views to occupy them - the pub has a fantastic selection of beer including real ale served through three traditional "beer engines" and thirteen other taps serving a continuously changing range of New Zealand "craft" beer and cider.
If beer isn't your thing the pub's wine list is drawn from local wineries, all within 10km of the pub.
Evening meals are served 5-9pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a menu ranging from light snacks such as white bait, mussels and salads through to Thai curries or steak meals.
There is regular live music, a pool table, dart board and chatty bar-staff but no pokies, SKY television or jukebox - and we make no apologies for that!
The pub also has backpackers accommodation at reasonable rates.
If you're passing - drop in to the pub!
1406 Moutere Highway
Sunset Valley Organic Vineyard
Sunset Valley Vineyard was established in 1993 on clay soils in the dry rolling hill country near Upper Moutere, Nelson. High sunshine hours and long hot summers produce intensely flavoured varietal wines. The grapes are grown, made into wine and bottled on site in accordance with Bio-Gro New Zealand organic production standards.
We also offer chalet style holiday accommodation. The winery and sales area is open throughout the summer months for tasting and sales. The vineyard accommodation is situated above the working winery and is the perfect location for wine tasting, tramping, golf, horse riding, swimming or enjoying the Nelson region's arts and crafts. Close to three national parks (Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes and Abel Tasman), the apartment provides the perfect base for your exploration of the area.
To read more about our wines, the winemaker or the vineyard accommodation see our website www.sunsetvalleyvineyard.co.nz.
Ros Squire and Ian Newton
Sunset Valley Vineyard
Eggers Road RD1
ph/fax (03) 543 2161
Kahurangi Estate Vineyard
Owners - Greg & Amanda Day
Winemaker - Neil Todd & Greg Day
Kahurangi is the Maori word one meaning, "treasured possession"; or " precious jewel". The majestic peaks of Mt Arthur in the nearby Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand’s second largest national park, provide a dramatic backdrop to Kahurangi Estate, a New Zealand family owned boutique vineyard specialising in handmade wines. Located in the historic village of Upper Moutere, the Estate has 2 vineyards with the home block planted with some of the oldest vines in the South Island. The café at the Cellar Door offers alfresco dining, and specialises in vineyard platters and antipasti using fresh local produce and Kahurangi Estate Olive Oil .
Contact; Sunrise Rd, RD1
Telephone: (03) 543 2980
Fax: (03) 543 2981
Cellar door and cafe:
Oct – May: 7 days, 11am-5pm
June – Sep: Thur – Sun, 11am – 5pm
Luxury, self-contained, two-bedroom cottage in a working vineyard setting. Reservations: (03) 543 2980 Fax (03) 5432 981
The Banquet Room is available for large groups and private tastings.
Riverside Café fronts the historic and still vibrant, Riverside Community (est. 1941) which has a long tradition of sustainable living systems and organic farming.
Riverside Café was recommended by both North and South, and Cuisine Magazine in 2007 and won Best Café/Restaurant Garden in 2002. The café excels in casual gourmet dinning with many ingredients grown organically at the Community while others, like Supplejack Olive Oil are sourced locally.
The Café menu also includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. The superb food is complimented by a range of organic and locally grown and produced wines. The unique natural ambience of the Riverside Café, with its filched tables and magical copper creations is further enhanced by exhibitions of local artworks.
Inspirational indoor/outdoor dinning and secure children's play area. Diners at the café are welcome to take a walk around this peaceful and attractive community and Riverside Café staff are happy to answer any questions you might have.
The Cafe is open for the Spring season, Thursday to Sunday 9.30am to late. We are open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to late from November and through summer. Check out our website for more details.