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Returning to Nelson after years of expatriate life, we brought with us a burning passion for fine wine and a desire to make it.Our objective was to establish a vineyard and winery in Nelson that would be considered among New Zealand’s finest. Brightwater Vineyards is the family owned premium boutique vineyard and winery of Gary and Valley Neale.Situated on the Hope Plains of Nelson, New Zealand, our vineyards rest at the top of an elevated river terrace overlooking the picturesque village of Brightwater.

Today, they are proud to be recognised as one of Nelson's premiere boutique winemakers. The Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Merlot wines have since enjoyed huge success and received recognition from top wine writers around the world.  

"Nelson is a fantastic place to live and make wine, and the rest of the world is starting to realise it".



Sauvignon Blanc 2022

Wonderful aromas of citrus and gooseberry introduce this fresh, aromatic, full-bodied wine. The palate is well balanced with succulent gooseberry and passionfruit characters, fine minerality and a long lingering summer grass finish.


Light Riesling 9% 2019

This naturally low alcohol Riesling has fragrant aromas of citrus blossom and ripe apple. it is beautifully poised showing delicate citrus notes, fine balance, threaded minerality and a long mouth-watering finish.
5 Stars Wine Orbit. / 4.5 Stars Michael Cooper, Wine Writer
Vegan Friendly
Food match: Asian stir fry, Thai - not too spicy

Lord Rutherford

Sauvignon Blanc 2018

This single vineyard Sauvignon displays lifted aromas of citrus and passionfruit. It has a well balanced palate with wonderful richness that is bursting with flavours of red currants and gooseberries. 


Riesling 2018


Lord Rutherford

Barrique Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Full bodied, barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc has deep aromas of ripe citrus and rock melon. The palate is wonderfully rich and complex displaying concentrated tropical fruit flavours with subtle barrel overtones. 


Pinot Gris 2022

Elegantly composed and delicately fragrant with ripe pear, apricot, fig and white floral aromas with a hint of flinty overtone. The palate displays succulent fruit flavours with beautifully rounded mouthfeel, finishing lingering and supple. Delightfully charming and immediately appealing.  Vegan 4.5 Stars Wine Orbit


Sophie's Kiss Rose 2022

Wonderful aromas of rose petals and summer berries introduce this fresh and gorgeous Rosé. It is beautifully balanced, displaying flavours of fresh strawberries and cream. The palate is mouth-filling and rich leading on to a long luxurious finish.


Chardonnay 2021

“An elegant Chardonnay featuring aromas of white peach and stonefruit with spicy notes in the background. It is complex and has a rich creamy palate. Citrus and stonefruit characters, along with subtle well integrated French oak, lead into a long seductive finish.”


3 Points (5 Stars) – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
5 Stars) – Peter Saunder
s, Wine Writer

Abbey's Run 

Merlot 2020

This deeply coloured Merlot features aromas of dark plum and blackcurrants. The palate is fruit driven and mouth filling displaying plum and spicy fruitcake characters. Subtle French oak and supple tannins lead into a long generous finish.

Te Kahu

Pinot Noir 2022

Our Te Kāhu (native harrier hawk) Pinot Noir is supple and displays dark cherry and savoury characters. It is fresh and bright combining cherry, savoury and bramble fruit flavours with subtle French oak and a long succulent finish.

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