New Zealand winegrowers stats shows the amount of grapes harvested for wine production rose by 36 percent in Nelson and Tasman district this year compared to last, making up 3.1 percent of New Zealand’s total and putting the top of the south just above Central Otago’s 3 percent. The country’s powerhouse wine region remains Marlborough which produced 76.6 percent, followed by Hawke’s Bay’s with 9.3 percent and Gisborne’s 4.1 percent.

In Nelson, grapes used to make Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Gris, Syrah, Viognier, and Albarino are on the rise, with production up across nearly 90 percent of varietals. Nelson is home to around 30 wine producers, most producing at least three varieties.