On a gentle north-facing slope near Tasman Village in the Nelson region, you’ll find Blackenbrook Vineyard, our small volume, high quality winery.
We are the Schwarzenbach family, producing multiple award-winning wines since first planting vines in 2001. Our seven grape varieties are Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Montepulciano.
Our vines grow into rich Moutere clay soils and the mild maritime breeze gently strokes the grapes ripening on the sun-drenched hillsides.
Proudly hands-on, we strive for minimal interference with natural processes, leading to wines that are pure and genuine. All our white wines are completely unfined and vegan, and we are accredited by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.
We had a beautiful harvest despite Daniel and our two children contracting Covid on the first day of picking. The weather was stunning and amidst the wide-spread labour shortage we were blessed with a fantastic team of hand-pickers.
Quality and quantity areoutstanding, and the fermenting wines already show great potential - big smiles all round!
Pruning is in full swing with most of our white varieties now looking neat and tidy, ready for the new season. We are fortunate to have two experienced pruners chipping away at this mammoth task!
In the winery we are gearing up for bottling . We are currently filtering our wines, the final step before filling around 54,000 bottles with the delicious 2022 vintage in the upcoming school holidays. Needless to say all hands will be on deck...