Top awards, exciting wine events and celebrations at our Nelson winery

Hero Sauvignon Blanc in Dish Magazine

Blackenbrook Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2021The beautiful Dish 100th Celebration issue just landed in our letterbox, celebrating top recipes and wines of the past 17 years.

Our humble Blackenbrook Sauvignon Blanc took out the title of Hero Sauvignon Blanc - absolutely unbelievable!

Gold Medal for Blackenbrook Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2013, 2020 and 2021

"Each vintage of this wine is an instant hit, packed with limes, melon, juicy citrus and lemongrass and sweet pea punch.  They're beautifully balanced, with great tension, power and texture."  

Read the Dish wine feature here. But even better order your own taster -  we hope you'll agree with wine judge Yvonne Lorkin! 

Full Marks from Cameron Douglas MS for Blackenbrook Pinot Gris '19

Master Sommelier Cameron DouglasIn the latest Mindfood Magazine, Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas writes about delicious winter wines from lesser known wineries and wine regions.  

We are proud to fly the flag for Nelson and have our Pinot Gris 2019 featured in this stellar line-up! 

"Winemaking Team Daniel and Ursula Schwarzenbach have been part of the wine landscape in Nelson since 1999.  Their dedication to hand-crafted fine wine is amazing. 

Their Pinot Gris over-delivers on power and intensity with flavours of white-fleshed tropical fruit, pear and white nectarine with whispers of ginger spice and loads of texture."

Read the article here.

Thomas’s Treasure Dessert Riesling 2008 ready for release!

New Zealand Wine Commentator Michael CooperIt will be an emotional moment when a very significant wine is released on the 10th of December.

The Thomas’s Treasure Dessert Riesling 2008 has already been awarded five stars by wine consultant Michael Cooper:

“The 2008 vintage (5 Stars) is indeed a ‘treasure’ – one of the most striking sweet wines ever produced in New Zealand. A wine of great beauty, it is oily and sweet, almost syrupy, with honey, apricot and tea flavours, good acid spine and exceptional depth.This is a very special wine and unusually rare with only 20 cases available.  It is very collectible. 

Read our Press Release here.




Thomas & Daniel Schwarzenbach with the acacia barrel for the our outstanding Nelson Desert Riesling

Japanese wine buyer seeks out Nelson Art

Nelson artist Marilyn Andrews and Ursula SchwarzenbachJapanese wine importer Southern Cross is about to use Nelson art as a way of promoting wine from Nelson vineyard Blackenbrook to the Japanese market.

The Blackenbrook Art Series includes three wines using well-known Nelson artist Marilyn Andrews’ paintings: Shangri-La Sauvignon Blanc 2012 displays the painting “Summer View from Princes Drive”; Shangri-La Gewürztraminer 2011 shows “View from Stansell Ave and Shangri-La Pinot Noir 2011 is illustrated with “Pathways to Heaven”.

The first shipment of the Blackenbrook Art Series wines has just arrived in Japan and the official release in Tokyo is planned for 13 September.

Read entire Press Release here.



Blackenbrook first South Island winery to be vegetarian aproved

New Zealand Vegetarian SocietyFamily owned and operated Blackenbrook Vineyard in Tasman, near Nelson is proud to be the first Vegetarian wine producer in the South Island approved by the New Zealand Vegetarian Society.

Blackenbrook’s white and Rosé wines will carry the Vegetarian Society Approved Trademark which is run under strict licensing criteria from the UK Vegetarian Society.

Read entire Press Release here .




Nelson Gewürztraminer champions launch re-education campaign

Nelson winemakers Daniel & Ursula SchwarzenbachWine commentator Yvonne Lorkin, top restaurateur Shae Moleta of The Ambeli Restaurant in Wellington and Blackenbrook Vineyard have combined to champion New Zealand’s top Gewürztraminer wines. They say wait staff and customers need more education about this amazing variety.

For too long, Gewürztraminer (pronounced Gi-vurz-tra-meaner) hasn’t had the respect it deserves in New Zealand’s Fine Dining scene.  It has been treated as an outsider, with Thai food as the only possible food match.  But there is a lot more to this classical Alsatian variety.

New Zealand Gewürztraminer is extremely fragrant, with rose petals, lychee, cinnamon and ginger tantalising your senses.

Gewürztraminer pairs well with salty, spicy, smoked or fruity foods.  In Alsace it is served with Tarte Flambé (or Flammenkuchen), Choucroute with European Sausages and smoked Meats or an assortment of washed rind and blue vein cheeses.






But it also harmonises beautifully with a Crab Salad with Ginger and dried Orange Peel, a Dukkah crusted Salmon or an Asian braised Pork Belly. 

To counter some of the myths and prejudices against Gewürztraminer, Blackenbrook Vineyard has prepared a Gewürztraminer basic information sheet titled “Gewürztraminer – the fresh Dimension to New Zealand Fine Dining”. They will send it to restaurants around New Zealand and will also have it available for download from their website.

The aim is to arm Chefs and Front of House Staff with valuable information that will lead to opening doors for many more New Zealanders to try and fall in love with this amazing grape variety.

Read Press Release here

Read Blackenbrook Gewurztraminer Flyer here

 Blackenbrook Nelson Reserve Gewurztraminer 2010

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