Winemaking Services

Winemaking & bottling services

Longbush Wines offers a complete range of winemaking services at competitive contract rates. Owner John Thorpe has over 29 years winemaking and bottling experience, Ross Mirko heads the winemaking team and Ash Thorpe takes care of the national and international sales and marketing. 

The team welcomes their clients expertise, instructions and participation to create the highest possible quality wines together.

Contact Ash for list of services and charges -

+ 64 27 386 7746


Longbush has a 1000 tonne capacity and is centrally located in Solander Street within the Gisborne industrial park. Their fruit receival ramp, tipping bin, and crusher/de-stemmer has a 12 ton capacity.

The chilled must can be immediately pressed, into either of our three presses, or deposited into drainers for easily managed extended skin contact. The choice of flotation or cold settling is available post press with all fermenters temperature controlled and monitored.

longbush also have capacity to barrel ferment and age your wines to your specifications.



Longbush has 16 x 12 tonne open stainless steel fermenters fitted with drainage screens and augers for deseeding then emptying.

These fermenters are easily accessible for cap management assisted by pump overs and pneumatic plungers and have produced very high quality wines. 

Following fermentation and draining the must is easily augered downstairs into bins that are then tipped directly into the press.



Longbush has its own cross flow filtration unit and can provide a complete service for high quality finishing, blending and finishing of the wines pre bottling. They like to work closely with their clients to achieve their stylistic objectives and obtain their full satisfaction prior to bottling the wines. 





Longbush operates a 1500 square metre insulated warehouse for storage and dispatch. This professional service will handle orders from one bottle to a shipping container for export anywhere in New Zealand and the world. 

Longbush rigorously cleans, maintains and services the plant daily while retaining detailed reports and records of every bottling run. They are able to supply standard dry goods but encourage clients with specific requirements to source their own. 

They have also recently added a traditional corker and capsular unit to cater for specialist requests.



Longbush has a gyro pallet riddling unit, vega disgorger/ doser along with a corker/wirer and bottle washer, so they can now offer you the complete Methode Traditionalle contract service.

Following the tirage and crown capping process they also have the capacity to age wines into bins on site.



Longbush has over 10 years experience exporting wines. They are able to source bulk wine, make or bottle and label your wine for dispatch either palletise for air freight or into shipping containers within 3 weeks upon confirmed order. Longbush can also organise laboratory and WECS testing prior to shipment.