Moutere Hills Vineyard

A small, boutique winery established in 1993. Forsters restaurant serve up locally sourced produce to match the 10 varietals on offer.

About the winery
Moutere Hills Vineyard is situated in the picturesque hills near Nelson, the warm and sunny north of New Zealand's South Island. It is a family owned vineyard, operated by owners Rusty and Lisa. Forsters restaurant offers spectacular cuisine made from locally sourced produce and prepared by award winning chef Alistair Forster. Friday evening dining is also available in the Fox n Grapes bar adjoining the restaurant. The vines are dry farmed on Moutere Clays soils, the first planted in 1993. The winery is a modern facility capable of processing up to 100 tonnes.

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Opening Hours
Monday: ClosedTuesday: ClosedWednesday: ClosedThursday: ClosedFriday: ClosedSaturday: ClosedSunday: Closed
Cellar door / shop
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Events / Weddings
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Children friendly
Disabled access
New Zealand
Grape varieties
Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, ViognierMerlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah
History & Geography
Located 20 mins from Richmond, there are two vineyards on the estate, 3.5 ha in total. The vineyard benefits from the moderating effect of the Tasman Bay to our north and are protected from severe weather by the surrounding Arthur and Richmond ranges. The vines are dry farmed on Moutere clay gravels, which give the wines a lovely fruit density, minerality and fine tannin. The nature of these soils also removes the necessity for irrigation. The Nelson area is one of New Zealand's sunniest regions and clear skies allow for very cool nights, which results in an expressive flavour development in the fruit and a solid structure of fruit acid. After a fire destroyed the original winery in 2006, a new winery was built in its place. The restaurant and cellar door was also rebuilt following the fire and upgraded again in 2018.
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