At an initial glance, you might not recognise the similarities between Gisborne, New Zealand and the tropical Cook Islands. However, once you have a closer look you
At an initial glance, you might not recognise the similarities between Gisborne, New Zealand and the tropical Cook Islands. However, once you have a closer look you shall begin to notice subtle parallels; long stretches of white sand beaches, a delectable sunny climate, stunning mountain ranges, also to top everything off, friendly locals who do their utmost to make sure an event you won&rsquo always;t forget in a rush.
On the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Gisborne may be the country’s largest wine growing region fourth; home to mixture of large wine producers, boutique wineries, and entrepreneurial growers. It really is you will discover the award winning Longbush vineyard and winery here, a grouped family owned and operated company specialising in fine wines.
In July, 2018, Longbush joined forces with the award winning Pacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHG), to create an exclusive selection of wines for distribution at its Cook Islands properties. Owner of Longbush, John Thorp, says “you can find new developments available always, different weather patterns effecting harvest and new markets to explore”.
PRHG relish their natural alliance. Gisborne’s mountain ranges to the north and shelter the spot northeast, as the dry climate is simultaneously cooled in summer by the north easterly breezes from on the Pacific Ocean. Gisborne’s fertile sedimentary soils benefit favourably from these harmonious climate and the effect can be an ideal environment for growing and producing world-class wines.
With over 25 years’ experience in the market, Thorp brings an abundance of knowledge and experience to producing quality wines. Thorp’s team of winemakers harnessed the strengths of the Gisborne region to create the range which includes a Merlot-Rosé, Pinot Gris, and Merlot for PRHG guests to savour.
PRHG and Longbush are deeply rooted within their respective communities and a feeling of family is integral to both boutique operators. It seemed only fitting to mention the wines around an idea of community; Māua, Nōku, and Tā’au. Māua, translated from Cook Islands Maori means owned by us, is really a vibrant and framed Merlot-Rosé wonderfully;; Nōku, owned by me, can be an impressive and sensible Pinot Gris, while Tā’au, owned by you, is really a young, cheeky and sweet medium bodied Merlot.
The range is currently available in the tiny paradise of the Cook Islands and has been enjoyed by guests at the PRHG properties.