Nelson's From Source to Serve

Food and wine are the windows into the essence of a region and its culture. They’re a way to experience the heart of a place. To quote Matt Lambert of the Musket Room, New York: “Defining Nelson’s cuisine is simple – it’s young, it’s evolving, it’s ingredients driven.”

Saturday 7th November 2015 - The Royal Visit

Nelson's from Source to Serve begins...

On Saturday 7th November Nelson seized the opportunity to proudly share the very best of the region with Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall when a royal visit landed in the city to sample its delights. 

The final programme signed off by Clarence House involved a welcome from VIPS on the steps of the Cathedral, a public walk down one block of Trafalgar Street and a walk around the Saturday Market. 

The Royal couple then separated with Prince Charles going to the Cawthron Institute (New Zealand’s largest independent science institute and specialists in aquaculture) where scientists from both Cawthron and Plant & Food Research were able to unveil, amongst other things, the first female scampi bred in captivity, playfully named ‘Camilla’. 

Meanwhile the Duchess, escorted by Dame Susie Moncrief, visited the World of Wearable Art museum. 

The individual motorcades then delivered The Duke and Duchess to Mahana Estates, some 35 minutes around the stunning coastline, for a ‘From Source to Serve’ extravaganza of the best of Nelson’s wines, craft beers and cider matched by local chefs with produce of the region at various food stations (fresh fish, salmon, oysters and mussels, beef, lamb, cheese and berries).

As Australasia’s largest fishing port, Nelson’s fresh produce has a strong emphasis on seafood, which matches perfectly with the wines produced from the complex grapes grown on the gravel threaded clay soils in the Moutere Hills and the vibrant aromatics grown from the stony alluvial.

Her Royal Highness is President of The United Kingdom Vineyards Association and Mahana Estates was the perfect venue, being set amongst the vineyard and landscaped gardens with a spectacular backdrop of the Mount Arthur mountain range and Tasman Bay.

Executive chef of Mahana Cellar Door Kitchen and Mahana Villa presented Ora King Salmon with Mahana Pinot Noir Rose 2015 and Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2015; Daniel Monopoli, owner chef of The Boatshed Café and chef Jill Stevenson presented Talley’s fresh fish with Neudorf Vineyards Chardonnay 2014 and Greenhough Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2013, Michael McMeeken, owner chef of Streat Kitchen and chef Takeshi Nagahama presented Kono oysters and mussels with Aronui Wines Pinot Gris 2015 and Golden Bear Black Oyster Stout; Grant Dickers, owner chef of Mint Dining Room presented Silver Fern Farms beef and lamb with Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Pinot Noir 2014 and Te Mania Reserve Pinot Noir 2013; Tony Robson-Burrell, chef at Mahana Cellar Door Kitchen and Mahana Villa, presented desserts using Sujon berries with Seifried Sweet Agnes Riesling 2014 and Blackenbrook Gewurztraminer 2014; and Wangapeka Family Dairy cheeses were presented with Townshend’s Beer Old House ESB and Aotearoa Pale Ale, and Pechaham’s Ciders – Moutere Cider, Cider with Boysenberry, and Ice Cider. 

Saturday 28th November - Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Nelson's From source to serve showcased again...

Nelson, one of the country’s boutique wine producing regions, was lucky to host the 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards dinner.

The black tie awards dinner was held on Saturday 28 November at Saxton Stadium. Many of the country’s top winemakers and industry figures attend the annual dinner to celebrate New Zealand’s best wines.

Vines have been cultivated in the Nelson region since the mid-1800s but it wasn’t until the 1970s that the modern wine industry was established. Among the first wine producers were names such as Seifried and Neudorf who are still going strong today.     

Nelson is well known for its superb Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but the region also has an excellent reputation for aromatics – Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer – as well as its own distinctive take on Sauvignon Blanc and some impressive dessert wines.

The awards dinner culminates in the announcement of the most coveted prize of the competition, the Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show Trophy.  Up to 18 other trophies are also awarded, including the O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show trophy, Label and Litho Champion Sauvignon Blanc trophy, and JF Hillebrand Champion Pinot Noir trophy.

Global Marketing Director for New Zealand Winegrowers, Chris Yorke, says the Air New Zealand Wine Awards dinner is a big night for New Zealand’s wine industry.  "Nelson has a great reputation for producing world-class wines which makes it a fitting location for the 2015 awards dinner,” he says. “Winning an Air New Zealand Wine Awards trophy is a well-recognised and sought after accolade”. 

Air New Zealand Regional Affairs Manager Government & Industry Affairs Ian Collier says: “We are delighted the 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards will be held in Nelson.  Air New Zealand worked closely with New Zealand Winegrowers, Nelson Tasman Tourism and Nelson Airport to secure this event for the region.  Each year the awards attract close to 600 winemakers, international media and other guests so we expect the 2015 event will benefit Nelson significantly from a tourism perspective.”

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards are a celebration of excellence in New Zealand winemaking and are widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition. The competition is owned and organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country's 1,600 grape growers and winemakers.

Nelson Tasman Tourism supported with three prizes

1) Coast FM prize

2 ) NZ Herald Bite Magazine - to enter you had to submit your favourite special occasion dessert recipe in NZ Herald's Bite reader recipe section

3) The Wine Guide for Air NZ Wine Awards Luxury Prize - to enter you had to visit the airnzwineawards.co.nz/win and tell them in 30 words or less why you should win this prize.

Campaign Partners: Wine Nelson, Nelson Airport and Nelson Tasman Tourism

Prize Sponsors: Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park, NZ Classic Motorcycles, Mahana, Wheelie Fantastic Cycle Tours, Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco, Air New Zealand

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