|Date||27 April 2006|
|Offeror/applicant||Nobilo Wine Group Limited|
|Ultimate applicant beneficial ownership||100 percent - United States of America, Constellation International Holdings Limited|
|Beneficial overseas ownership|
|- Asset current||0 percent|
|- Asset proposed||100 percent|
|- Share current||N/A|
|- Share proposed||N/A|
|Offeree(s)/seller(s)||Alanther Estate Limited|
100 percent - New Zealand, Townend (Alan Richard) and Hunt (Heather Lorraine)
|Business activities||Agriculture - Horticulture & Fruit - Viticulture|
|Details of land involved||31.01 hectares of freehold situated at Blind River Loop Road, Seddon being CT MB6B/595 and part CT MB6B/596 (Marlborough Registry).|
|Consent sought||To 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 proposes to acquire the subject property is currently used by the vendor for pastoral purposes. The Applicant advises that the property has a total of approximately 25 plantable hectares which will be planted 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:
|Contact||Robert Parker/Justine Tuite|
P O Box 2206