Decision number200610011
Application number200610009
Date8 February 2006
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)Grantham Hills Estate Limited and Grape Co. C Limited
75 percent - New Zealand, Bryce (David Macalister and Marian Elizabeth)
25 percent - New Zealand, Wheeler (Laurence Brett and Pauline Joy)
Business activitiesAgriculture - Horticulture & Fruit - Viticulture
Details of land involved10.76 hectares of freehold situated at Hawkesbury Road, Blenheim being part CT 263895 (Marlborough Registry).
Regions involvedNelson/Marlborough
Total consideration$2,323,125
Consent soughtTo acquire an interest in land which, either alone or together with any associated land of that type, is or includes non-urban land and exceeds 5 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 carries out a fully integrated viticulture business, which includes the growing and development of grapes, and the manufacture, importation, distribution and sale of red and white wine within New Zealand and, increasingly, for export markets. The Applicant advises that export growth has been constrained by grape supply. The Applicant proposes to secure additional grape supply and increased processing capacity.

The Applicant currently has a variety of interests in New Zealand, including land utilised for the growing of grapes, and as wineries and production sites. In total it either owns or leases approximately 790 hectares of vineyards, in New Zealand predominantly in the Hawkes Bay, Marlborough and Auckland regions. The Applicant also sources grapes from contract growers from around 1,400 hectares in area.

The Applicant advises that the property has a total of approximately 9 plantable hectares which has been planted by the vendor in 2004 in Sauvignon Blanc vines. The proposed acquisition will provide the Applicant with an increase in grape supply which will allow it to continue to develop its export wine markets and enhance the reputation of New Zealand wine overseas. This is likely to result in significant increases in employment, processing of grapes and export levels.

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