Brightwater Vineyards

We began with a vision in 1992.
Our only experience: a love of fine wine.

Located 20 minutes south of Nelson, Brightwater Vineyards is a premium boutique winery with a must-see selection of wines. The name has an optimistic ring about it, which is fitting. One visit and you get a sense that it’s all very optimistic and positive here. As the winery has grown, so has their reputation.

Brightwater Vineyards makes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Merlot wines from grapes grown on the family-owned vineyard.

With numerous trophies, gold medals, awards and accolades to their name, Brightwater has earned a deserved reputation for premium, hand-crafted wines of bright clarity and immaculate poise. One of our best discoveries yet.

Returning to Nelson after many years living abroad, Gary and Valley Neale established Brightwater Vineyards in 1993, finally bringing to life their passion for wine and desire to make it. Their ambition was lofty; to create a vineyard and winery that would be considered among the finest in NZ. And we think they’ve succeeded. Especially after seeing Prince Charles and Camilla enjoying a glass during their recent trip to Nelson.