Welcome to our Nelson Family Vineyard


Welcome to our Nelson Family Vineyard

On a gentle north-facing slope near Tasman Village, you’ll find Blackenbrook Vineyard, a small volume, high quality winery on a 20ha block owned by the Schwarzenbach Family. Blackenbrook Vineyard produces seven grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and the Italian red variety Montepulciano.  Blackenbrook is accredited by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

It is a winery designed by a working winemaker. In this region, vines grow into Moutere clay soils and the mild maritime climate sweeps over the hillsides. The vineyard was first planted in the spring of 2001 and the first vintage was launched in 2004. Healthy soil, strong vines and sustainability are the focus of the vineyard management. Daniel, also the winemaker, strives for minimal interference with natural processes, which has resulted in pure and genuine wines. Most of Blackenbrook’s white varieties are completely unfined and vegan.

Winter at Blackenbrook's

Pruning is in full swing with most of our white varieties now looking neat and tidy, ready for the new season. We are lucky to have...

Harvest 2021 - small, but perfectly formed

Our young 2021 wines are putting a big smile on Daniel's face. While the quantity is tiny because of a cold snap during flowering in...

Late autumn at Blackenbrook Vineyard

There is a peaceful silence over the vineyard.  The cheerful pickers are long gone and content sheep now graze between the vines, keeping the grass short in a...

Swiss quality-focus transplanted to New Zealand

That's how wine blogger Jakub Jurkiewicz experienced Blackenbrook when he visited with his wife over the long Easter weekend!  He came to Nelson to write the latest instalment...

Good afternoon Ursula and Daniel,Just wanted to report that I opened up a bottle of your “2014 Family Reserve Chardonnay” to go with a chicken... Read more

— Philip Archer, Richmond

Hi Ursula,  I opened a bottle of your Pinot Noir yesterday. Delicious - thank you 😊Regards - Dave Read more

— David Thompson, Tasman

Just opened a bottle of your 2015 St Jacques Gewürztraminer....all I can say is...wow...delicious. Glad I’ve got a few tucked away in my cellar.    Read more

— Graeme Nicholls, Wellington