The brand Longbush Wines originates from a winding stretch of native forest called LONGBUSH which runs alongside the Waimata River in Gisborne. Waimata is owned by John’s elder sister Dame Anne and her husband Jerry Salmond and has been restored into an eco-sanctuary for NZ native birds and plant species. Annie is a professor of Anthropology and in 2014 she was awarded New Zealander of the Year - a great honour.
The selection of wines Longbush produces plays to the regions strengths, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Viognier and Merlot of which a Merlot-Rose is also made. Longbush also produce their own Methode Champanoise under the Cosmos, Eclipse and Luna brands.
Longbush Wines have won numerous awards including;
Silver medal - The Family Co 2017 Gewurztraminer - 2018 NZ Wine of the Year
Gold Medal/Trophy - The Family Company 2016 Gisborne Gewurztraminer - 2017 NZ International Wine Awards
Silver Medal - Longbush 'Bird Series' 2017 Pinot Gris - 2017 Air NZ Awards
Gold Medals and Catagory winners - 2013 Viognier /2013 Gewürztraminer - Gisborne Regional Wine Competition
Gold Medal - Gewurztraminer - Bragatto Wine Awards
Gold Medal - Viognier - New Zealand International Wine show
Our Longbush Merlot has also been selected for Economy Class Air New Zealand pacific.