Nelson is an old but up-and-coming wine region on the north coast of New Zealand's South Island. This is frequently New Zealand's sunniest region and its proximity to the sea provides a cool-climate maritime influence. Vineyards were first planted in the area in the mid-1800s by German settlers and following Marlborough's success, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir have come to dominate the region with nearly three-quarters of the growing number of plantings. The Sauvignon Blanc from Nelson tends to be less overtly varietal than examples from Marlborough while the Pinot Noir shows a bit more weight. (Wine/Appellations)