Woollaston Estates



Two organic vineyards: one goal. Grapes which not only reflect their soil, climate and environment, but the people who curate them and the season they are nurtured through. Proud staff work, on each individual vineyard site, to build strong, resilient vines grown in vital, healthy soil. With care and consideration given to the whole, knowing that no action occurs in isolation, producing fruit which is greater than the sum of its parts.

Our winemaking

Our winemaking is gentle and intuitive. Respect and care for the fruit with the aim of expressing the site and season with detail and clarity. Vineyard initiated yeast cultures and a deft use of oak so as not to conceal the origin of the fruit – this is standard practice. Aided by a winery, of perfect form and design, for delivering wines gently made by gravity.

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"The stature of this producer grows with every vintage."

Bob Campbell MW

two organic vineyards - one goal



Mahana Wines
Mahana wines are only produced when nature compliments our guiding efforts in the vineyards and winery. Idiosyncratic wines revealing an alternate path. Wines which motivate and inspire us.
Woollaston Wines
It is often said that great wine is made in the vineyard - all our grapes are estate-grown, enabling us to control quality from the vineyard to the bottle. Each of our vineyard sites was chosen for its unique character; the flavours that terroir and careful, hands-on viticulture give the fruit are subtly enhanced by the gentle handling of our gravity-fed winery.

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Woollaston at Mahana awarded
Three Gold Medals and Nelson Winery Of The Year at Melbourne International Wine Competition
“We are delighted with this recognition of our wines, ...it confirms that we have excellent vineyard sites and that winemaker Shane Munn is taking our wines to a new level.”
Director, Philip Woollaston
“To win gold for every wine we entered is an amazing accolade.”
Brand Director, Rick Lindsay
Mahana Pinot Noir 2012
“Dense, savoury, this is a full-bodied red full of personality. Good harmony, powerful and generous”.
Mahana Riesling 2013
“Quite an intense and moderately luscious riesling with lime, apricot, honey and orange blossom flavours. It’s a very impressive wine with a great balance of sweetness and acidity giving lovely tension”.
Woollaston Pinot Noir 2012
Our Pinot Noir 2012 was one of three New Zealand Pinots awarded gold at the International Wine Challenge 2014.


The destination fuses the cultural themes of wine, food, and art.
A vineyard venue set in the beautiful surroundings of the Woollaston Estates Winery. For marriages and vow renewals, Mahana is one the most spectacular wedding venues in the top of the South Island, New Zealand.

Visit our Mahana Weddings site for more information



Our Cellar Door is Now Open!
Visit Us Every Day from 11am - 4:30pm
Make Your Reservation Today:
At the Mahana Cellar Door and Mahana Art Gallery, our professional and friendly staff will greet you in our striking modern tasting room, adjacent to the art gallery, lawn and courtyard. There is a spacious indoor seating section, opening out to the famous views over the Mahana Vineyard. Outside seating enjoys panoramic views across our Mahana vineyard to Tasman Bay on one side, the Mount Arthur range on the other, and the tussock roof of the winery behind, inviting you to linger in the sunshine with a glass of wine while enjoying our seasonally-inspired cuisine.
We are very excited to announce the arrival of our new chef, Jason Innes, who brings years of award-winning restaurant success and experience to his new post. Innes, who was born in Canada, has lived most of his life on the South Island of New Zealand. His notable experiences include positions as the Executive Chef at leading New Zealand luxury wineries and lodges, such as Amisfield, Millbrook Resort and Country Club and Grasmere Lodge.  During his tenure at Amisfield, he was the winner of the NZ Cuisine Magazine’s Winery Restaurant of the Year 2006 and 2007, and was a guest chef at The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.
Sourcing the best local seafood, meat, fresh vegetables, and herbs are the heart of Innes’ passion for cooking, enabling him to deliver sumptuous, generous flavours with an abundance of skillful preparation. Under his direction, plans are underway for the herb and vegetable garden, which exemplify his farm-to-table concept for the Mahana Cellar Door. His goal is to enhance the five-star rated wine with exceptional food, establishing Mahana’s Cellar Door as a renowned “destination” in New Zealand. “If you haven’t been here, then you need to come,” exclaimed Innes, “You don’t want to miss this wine and culinary experience.”
Also at our Cellar Door is our ever-changing Art Gallery. Inside the gallery, visitors will find one of eight shows a year, featuring selected works from the Schaeffer’s art collection exhibited with artworks in all media from Kiwi and American artists, both private and for purchase. Currently exhibiting works from the Schaeffer’s collection alongside artworks from Scott Eady, Leanne Culy, and partner, Brian Culy. To find out about our upcoming Gallery Exhibitions please click here.
With so much to see and experience you have more reasons to visit us and stay longer!


Woollaston Estates

243 Old Coach Road

RD1 Upper Moutere

Nelson 7173

New Zealand


+64 (0)3 543 2817 (ext. 0)


+64 (0)3 543 2317

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