Fossil Ridge


Fossil Ridge is a family owned and managed vineyard offering affordable award winning boutique wines.

Location Description

We are situated in Nelson at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.


Fax: 643 544 9463


  • Affordable award winning boutique wines.

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Fossil Ridge wine represents the culmination of a family project that started in 1997.

Practices & Techniques

Fossil Ridge's policy is to delay release of wines until such time that they have achieved sufficient bottle age whilst having an acid balance that retains life with cellaring. From 2003 we have used screw cap closure for our Riesling and Chardonnay and intend to extend to our Pinot Noir in 2004.

Crop volumes are carefully managed with a view to ensuring optimal ripening and flavour intensity – 2 ton/acre Pinot Noir, 3 ton/acre Chardonnay and there are no shortcuts to achieving what is deemed desirable. Grapes are sourced only from the Fossil Ridge Vineyard, are all hand picked sorted and the Chardonnay and Riesling whole bunch pressed.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The vineyard lies at the foot of the Barnicoat Range, Richmond about 15 kilometres south of Nelson. The Nelson region, well known for it's temperate climate, is ideally suited to grape production. Nelson wines are very successful in national and international wine competitions.

The site itself provides a north facing, sloping soil profile, predominantly clay loam and has been extensively landscaped to enhance grape growing capability and appeal.Nelson New Zealand nz Development has continued over the intervening period with the initial planting of clone 15 Chardonnay and Riesling subsequently Pinot Noir, more recently Mendoza Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer very much a boutique operation.

The vineyard site takes its name from a feature unique to its geological development with the presence of Monotis richmondiana fossils. These molluscs existed during the late Triassic and Jurassic (dinosaur) era – some 200 million years ago – and can be found liberally throughout the vineyard site.

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72 Hart Road
Richmond, Nelson
New Zealand

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