In 1978, husband and wife Tim and Judy Finn set out with a simple goal: to make beautiful wine. Nearly 40 years later, they’ve built a gorgeous vineyard and winery that produces a diverse variety of superb wines. Neudorf has earned many accolades in the wine industry and has been heralded by certain critics as New Zealand’s finest vineyard. From their humble beginnings the Finns have expanded Neudorf into an elegant winery while still preserving the rustic spirit of the property’s original buildings, which date back to 1850. The grounds of Neudorf—overlooking the picturesque Moutere valley—are now home to a red winery, white winery, wine bar, barrel hall and vineyard garden. Neudorf Vineyards is a special place. Through all its success and expansion over the years the vineyard retains it’s friendly, welcoming feel and offers visitors top quality wine in a warm, convivial atmosphere.
- Wines – Neudorf wines carry the distinct mark of their region. The sunny climate and cool nights of the Moutere region provide ideal growing conditions for grapes, allowing fruit sugars to develop slowly and mature with balanced acidity. The result is delicately balanced, robust and flavorful wines. Neudorf’s high plant density and low production ensures top quality fruit, from summery Sauvignon Blancs to rich, silken Pinot Noirs. Neudorf’s viticulture has a commitment to both quality and sustainability; the vineyard is a member of New Zealand Sustainable Viticulture and is moving towards an all-organic production.
- The Cellar Door – Whether you’re trying to pick out the perfect bottle or just looking to learn a little more about Neudorf’s impressive selection of wines, the Cellar Door is the place to go. Neudorf’s staff of wine specialists are there to take visitors through the shop’s rotating selection of wines, offer tastings, and help each customer find the perfect wine. Tastings are complimentary. Groups with more than five people should reserve tastings in advance to guarantee a spot.
- Picnics in the Garden – The garden at Neudorf offers visitors a beautiful place to sit, relax, and enjoy fine food and wine. Order from the menu of snacks and small plates on offer or pack your own picnic to enjoy out on the lawn with a bottle of Neudorf’s award-winning wine. The garden features a patio area with tables and chairs, plenty of grassy lawn for picnics, and a giant Acer Negundo tree that kids will love to climb—all set against the backdrop of rolling vineyards and a mountain landscape.
- Concerts and Events – The beautiful garden at Neudorf also serves as a venue for great music and special events put on throughout the year. The garden has already hosted a range of artists showcasing New Zealand’s musical talent, from Fat Freddy’s Drop to The Flight of the Concords. Drink, dance, and enjoy great wine, food, music, and company on the gorgeous grounds.
- Prepare for a Picnic – Packing a picnic is a great way to enjoy Neudorf’s garden area, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Though a variety of light food and small plates are available to accompany wine, bringing some kid-friendly snacks and drinks will guarantee there’s something for everyone. Other picnic essentials are a good blanket, sun block and a hat for the sunny summer months. Books, cards, or games are also a good idea if you plan to spend the day lounging and sampling the many fruits of Neudorf’s labor.
- Nearby Attraction: Abel Tasman National Park – Just 40 minutes up the road from Neudorf Vineyard is the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. With golden beaches, striking granite cliffs, and verdant native forest the park offers both adventure and leisure in a breathtaking natural setting. Hike, kayak, swim, snorkel, or boat along the miles of pristine coastline home to cormorants, fur seals, and blue penguins.
- Car – Neudorf Vineyard is a 40 minute drive from central Nelson.
When Tim and Judy Finn first set out to make fine wine in 1978, they were entering into an industry that was virtually nonexistent in New Zealand. The original house at Neudorf had a wood stove, no hot water, and electricity in only two rooms. With little known about the principles of viticulture, the Finns set out on a long series of trial and error—planting many varieties of grapes and seeing which ones failed and which ones prospered in their unique climate and soil. Through this period of experimentation many varieties of grapes didn’t take to the environment and fell out of the running. What remained were the varieties of grapes perfectly suited to Neudorf’s land—the type of grapes still enjoyed today by Neudorf’s clientele. Despite producing consistently great wine, The Finns haven’t lost their inquisitive spirit nor their knack for experimentation, and the trials and improvements continue to this day as Neudorf strives to make each bottle of wine a little bit more beautiful.