Red Bridge Wine Co is a boutique wine business based in Central Otago owned by AJ Thompson, who has worked in the New Zealand wine industry since 1998.
Initially set up solely as an exporter (primarily of Central Otago Pinot Noir to China), the last few years have seen a change in main focus for the business, which is now more well known as an importer of top quality fine European wine to New Zealand.
Red Bridge draws its history from the 100 year old iconic ‘Red Bridge’ which spans the Clutha River at Luggate in Central Otago. The Clutha river was at the heart of the 1870’s gold rush in NZ, and a steady flow of miners poured into the region to work the hard quartz and alluvial river gravels. Premium Pinot Noir is the ‘new’ gold originating from the historic goldfields of Central Otago, and is creating a new ‘gold rush’ around the world.
AJ’s other main wine -industry business; L’Eau Below Ltd, is a major provider of live soil moisture monitoring for irrigation purposes throughout New Zealand.