Cloudy Bay Vineyards Limited
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Consent granted
Section 12(1)(a) Overseas Investment Act 2005

Decision maker Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand
Decision date 24 July 2023
Pathway(s) Sensitive land – Farm land benefit test
Investment Acquisition of a leasehold interest in 12.9464 ha of land located at 440 Old Renwick Road, Rapaura, Marlborough
Consideration Withheld under section 9(2)(b)(ii) of the Official Information Act 1982.

Cloudy Bay Vineyards Limited
France 66%
United Kingdom 34%

Vendor Kesteven Farm Limited
New Zealand 100%

The Applicant is an established New Zealand winemaker, well-known for its Sauvignon Blanc wine which represents approximately 80% of its annual production of which 98% is exported. Cloudy Bay is ultimately 66% owned by LVMH Moёt Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, a multinational luxury brand conglomerate, and 34% owned by Diageo plc, a United-Kingdom based alcohol beverage company.

The Applicant seeks to acquire the Land and add 0.6 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc vines to extend the present vineyard area to 12.06 hectares. The Applicant also plans to increase investment in the Land by purchasing new stainless steel tanks, a frost fan and other vineyard equipment.

The main benefits to New Zealand are likely to include additional capital for development purposes, increased export receipts (premium price for its wine distributed through its luxury goods distribution network) and increased jobs.

Consent was granted as the Applicants have met the investor test criterion and the benefit likely to occur as a result of the investment will result in benefit to New Zealand.

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Catherine Reid
Catherine Reid, Barrister