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 2020

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


Light Riesling 9% 2020


Sophie's Kiss Rose 2020


Te Kahu

Pinot Noir 2016

Aromas that lead you down the wild side of the hedge,  it’s softly savoury and squealing with wild cherry and berry flavours, dried herb notes, fresh acidity and solid, earthy textures to finish.

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 2020

This Pinot Gris is richly scented with floral and spice aromas. The palate is succulent and juicy with delicious flavours of pear and lychee, combined with gentle sweetness, which leads into a long lush finish.


Chardonnay 2019

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. 


Pinot Noir 2017

An elegant Pinot Noir displaying displaying dark cherry, berry fruit and savoury characters. It is a concentrated wine exhibiting well integrated fine tannins, a rich full palate and has a wonderful persistence of flavour.

Lord Rutherford

Barrique Chardonnay

An elegantly structured wine with layers of flavours including stone-fruit, citrus and hazelnuts. The palate is beautifully balanced, with integrated premium French oak leading into a long seductive finish.

Lord Rutherford

Pinot Noir 2017

Rich and elegant with gorgeous aromas of dark cherry, berry fruit and a hint of violets. The palate shows ripeness, depth and complexity combining layers of cherry and savoury characters.

Abbey's Run 

Merlot 2018

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.