19 Solander Street

Gisborne 4010

New Zealand

Monday - Friday

10am - 5pm


The Family Company fine Wines
Longbush Wines 'Native Bird Series'
Methode Traditionelle Series
First Press' Grape Juice 0% Alc
.Longbush Wines is a family owned and operated winemaking company located in Gisborne, New Zealand. Owner John Thorpe has been winemaking for 32 years and still finds the annual harvest exciting and challenging, "there are always new developments in the business, different weather patterns effecting harvest and new markets to explore".

The brand Longbush Wines originates from a winding stretch of native forest called LONGBUSH which runs alongside the Waimata River in Gisborne. LONGBUSH 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 Champenoise under the Cosmos, Eclipse and Luna brands.

Longbush Wines have won numerous awards including;

Gold Medal - The Family Company 2017 Gisborne Gewurztraminer - 2019 NZ International Wine Awards

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.


'First Press' Grape Juice
John also recognises the great opportunity created by the abundance of fruit produced in Gisborne ... so made from the same grapes the the Longbush Wines range, First Press was developed. 
First Press is a grape juice that has no preservatives, no concentrates and no added sugars. It is quite simply pure grape juice in a convenient recyclable bottle.
The team at Longbush Wines recognise that many people, when drinking sociably, prefer a non-alcoholic drink ... First Press offers them this choice served as it is, nicely chilled, or as a mixer with soda or tonic water. 
For national and international sales interest please contact:
Gene Walker
027 335 4501
19 Solander Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand