Heroes of Humanity

We have just launched a new label at Brightwater Vineyards It is called Heroes of Humanity and it has a large charity aspect to it. The proceeds of this wine will be donated to the Fifeshire Foundation – a well-recognised and well-reputed charity based in our home town of Nelson…

We have a new winemaker

Brightwater Vineyards welcomes new winemaker Liam Clarke.
As the title suggests, we have a new winemaker here at Brightwater Vineyards, he is Liam Clarke who has come to Nelson from Western Australia. Liam was the successful applicant out of 50 applicants. Read more for the full story.

Hot weather means Nelson’s grape harvest is earlier this year

Despite dry weather and fires across the region, Nelson’s grape growers aren’t feeling the heat with the 2019 harvest underway. Staff at Nelson’s Brightwater Vineyards were busy filling bins of riesling grapes on Saturday morning, collecting what proprietor Gary Neale hoped would be another award-winning vintage. Neale said the dry, hot weather of the summer months had meant an…

Wine Education

Wine Education is fun and informative here at Brightwater Vineyards. We practise it every day at our Cellar Door and it is our pleasure to share our knowledge and experience with others…

Mailing List Winners

January’s winner was Marion Heeney of Auckland, and February’s winner is Judy Bridge of Hamilton.

You too can win!

Leave a business card, or your contact details in the vase at the winery, and you could come home to a bottle of our Trophy Pinot Noir and a selection of wine infused truffles.

We’ve tweaked our label

What do you think of our 2015 label tweak?

We have let go the rocks at the bottom and given the Brightwater Star a bit of bling. Sparkling copper for the main range while the Lord Rutherford gets Gold!
Here they are fresh off the bottling line.

Caledonian Sky Tasting

There is only one cruise ship coming to Nelson this summer – the Caledonian Sky.
We were invited to show our Brightwater Vineyards wines to the 90 guests in an on-board tasting on Saturday 23 January.
The passengers all loved our wines and were very enthusiastic. Bottles were purchased and Brightwater Vineyards wines were served with the gourmet dinner that evening.

Champion Pinot Noir

Widely considered as the premier awards event in the New Zealand Wine Calendar, we went into the Air New Zealand Wine Awards Dinner, already the proud winners of two gold medals – one for our Nelson Pinot Noir 2014 and one for our Nelson Pinot Gris 2015. We left as winners of the coveted Champion Pinot Noir Trophy.