Decision number200520059
Application number200520075
Date20 September 2005
Offeror/applicantNobilo Wine Group Limited
Ultimate applicant beneficial ownership100 percent - United States of America, Constellation International Holdings Limited
Beneficial overseas ownership 
- Asset current0 percent
- Asset proposed100 percent
- Share currentN/A
- Share proposedN/A
Offeree(s)/seller(s)Boundary Creek Estate Limited
73.9 percent - New Zealand, King (Peter Royce) and Docherty (Michelle Therese)
26.1 percent - New Zealand, Vavasour (Bernard John and Susan Ferrier)
Business activitiesAgriculture - Horticulture & Fruit - Viticulture
Details of land involved25.799 hectares of freehold situated at Redwood Pass Road, Awatere Valley, Marlborough being CTs MB6B/1085 and 216191 (Marlborough Registry).
Regions involvedNelson/Marlborough
Total consideration$3,937,500
Consent Sought - 1995 RegsTo acquire an estate or interest in land which together with any associated land exceeds five hectares in area.

The application has been approved as it met the criteria.

The Overseas Investment Office is satisfied that the applicant has significant business experience and acumen relevant to and is demonstrating financial commitment towards the investment. The Overseas Investment Office is further satisfied that the persons who exercise control over the applicant are of good character and not the kind of persons referred to in section 7(1) of the Immigration Act 1987.

The Applicant (Nobilo) proposes to acquire the subject property and the adjoining property (refer A200520045 which is owned by the 73.9 percent shareholder of the vendor). The properties have been developed as vineyards. The land contains 33 hectares planted in Sauvignon Blanc in 1996, 2000 and 2004, 3.4 hectares planted in Chardonnay in 1996, and 5.4 hectares planted in Riesling in 1996. The land adjoins land that is leased by Nobilo. The proposed acquisition will augment Nobilo's grape supply ensuring a long-term supply of grapes required to meet export demand.

The proposal is likely to result in the following benefits:

  1. the creation of new job opportunities;
  2. the introduction of additional investment for development purposes;
  3. increased efficiencies to Nobilo's viticultural business; and
  4. increased processing of primary products.
ContactRobert Parker/Justine Tuite
Chapman Tripp
P O Box 2206