With a combined 50 years experience in the wine industry from Nelson, Marlborough and the World, winemaker Trudy Sheild and sales guy Blair Gibbs have created the SHEILD brand in 2021.
Trudy Sheild brings an extensive experience of producing award-winning wines. With an adventurous spirit and an appreciation for the good things in life, they both love Nelson and all it offers. They present premium quality single origin cool climate wines that are vineyard balanced and character filled. Their wines express vibrant flavours reflecting the soils, climate and unobtrusive winemaking that time and confidence allow.
When the first colonial settlers moved into the Nelson region in the early 1800s, they discovered the indigenous Maori population were already gardening in the recognized perfect growing conditions. Early German settlers and the Clergy brought hops and grape vines to the region. The first commercial vineyards were established in the Moutere hills with the ‘modern’ wine industry gaining traction from the 1970s. Today, the local industry is vibrant and focussed on premium quality wines from carefully selected sites around the region.
Protected from the cold Southern Ocean storms by high rugged mountains on three sides and open to the impressive Tasman Bay to the North, Nelson is ideally situated for growing – everything.
Nelson is blessed with geologically young mineral soils, free draining alluvial plains, clay hill slopes, abundant fresh clean water and some of the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand.
The cool waters of the Tasman Sea ameliorate the summer peak temperatures and extend the growing season to promote balanced fruit development while retaining natural acidity and bright, clean fruit flavours.