Award winning New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Himmelsfeld Vineyard sits high on a north-west facing Moutere clay hilltop, and has been gently terraced to capture the all important Nelson sun and to facilitate exposure to ventilation.
The site was chosen for its suitability to traditional vine cultivation methods and is totally hand-managed.
This is boutique wine making at its best with the focus on quality and careful attention to vine leaf-fruit ratio to ensure optimal fruit ripening and flavour intensity.
Grapes are sourced only from Himmelsfeld vineyard, grown in renowned Moutere clay. The vineyard consists of one acre each of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon which allows for the dedicated hands-on management that Himmelsfeld prides itself on. An acre of Viognier was planted in 2006.
Notable characteristics in wines from Moutere grown grapes are their firmness in youth, whilst being underpinned with a latent potential, that will “blossom with time”.
To ensure Himmelsfeld wines are at their best, the release of wines is delayed until they have achieved sufficient bottle age whilst having an acid balance that retains life with cellaring.
It is this level of care that has led to Himmelsfeld’s consistency in achieving high-level awards at major wine competitions. Himmelsfeld is proud to have received awards for each and every wine from all vintages, since first release.
One of the latest, a Gold award at the prestigious Vinalies International Wine Competition Paris 2006, for the Himmelsfeld Moutere Noble Chardonnay 2003, and an invitation by Bob Campbell MW to enter the Himmelsfeld Moutere Sauvignon Blanc 2005 into the prestigious Tri-Nations Wine Competition 2006, judged in Sydney.
More recent, Himmelsfeld Moutere Sauvignon Blanc 2007, awarded 5 stars (Gold) 95 points, has been selected by Bob Campbell MW, to be in New Zealands top 12 Sauvignon Blancs , this wine featuring in The Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine Feb/Mar 2008, . This magazine has been voted the Worlds best drink magazine.
Himmelsfeld Moutere wines are traditional to variety with elegant, fresh fruit driven styles, showing complexity peculiar to our terroir.
Himmelsfeld’s fine wines are available through Cellar Door, selected restaurants and mail order/web. To ensure a regular supply of our best wines, you can also join our Wine Club. Of course, Himmelsfeld Vineyard is more than just its wines, it is also an experience and when you are in Nelson a visit to Himmelsfeld Vineyard in Upper Moutere is a must. You will first be welcomed by 100 friendly Romney sheep, a major part in Himmelsfeld’s “clean green philosophy”.
In the Wine Loft, you will meet the owner, Beth, a fifth generation German descendent, who will talk you through the wines. With her wealth of local knowledge to share, you will be able to wander the little walk-ways, visit the Himmelsfeld farm Chapel and the sculptures, take in the stunning views, and experience Himmelsfeld in all its captivating ambience, and, we hope, leave with a sense of belonging.
You can purchase Himmelsfeld wine either at our cellar door, or on-line.
Cellar door hours:
October to Easter: Daily including Sunday
Winter hours: Most days or by appointment.