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Constellation Brands is the proud owner of many of New Zealand’s leading wine brands with a history going back over seventy years. The Selak (1934) and Nobilo (1943) families were 20th century pioneers in the New Zealand wine industry with beginnings in Kumeu and Huapai near Auckland. Constellation New Zealand’s head office and North Island bottling operation is still located at the heritage Nobilo site at Huapai. The Nobilo and Selak families helped lead New Zealand’s wine production into new grape varieties and wine styles and into sourcing grapes from the now famous growing regions of Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough. They also gave their names to two of our leading wine brands, Nobilo and Selaks. In 1998, following the merging of the interests of Nobilo and Selaks along with National Liquor Distributors (an independent wine distributor) and BRL Hardy, the new Nobilo Wine Group (NWG) was listed on the New Zealand stock exchange. The expanded organisation with two strategically placed wineries, one in Auckland and one in Marlborough and the combination of brands, vineyards and grape supply significantly increased market presence and accelerated international positioning and growth of the brands. In 2000, BRL Hardy acquired all the shares in Nobilo Wine Group . This resulted in a substantial vineyard and winery expansion programme being started and the company quickly became the second largest wine company in New Zealand and, with BRLH’s international distribution, became New Zealand’s second largest wine exporter. In 2003, BRL Hardy and hence Nobilo Wine Group, was acquired by Constellation Brands Inc the worlds largest wine business. Located in Rochester, NY State, USA Constellation Brands is a public company listed on the New York Stock exchange. To find our more about Constellation Brands Inc go to Also in 2003, Vincor International Inc purchases Kim Crawford Wines (KCW). In 2006 KCW became part of Constellation Brands Inc interests in New Zealand following the acquisition of Vincor International Inc.The brand and personalities behind KCW were well known in New Zealand and around the world being one of the fastest growing premium and luxury wine producers in the New World. The addition, as well as bringing a very strong brand, brought another strategically important Marlborough winery. In May 2008 the now fully integrated NWG and KCW business changed it name to Constellation New Zealand.

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Our business will be global in thinking and will gain international recognition as the company that is at the forefront of New Zealand’s charge for global wine growth. We will create greater value for our consumers, customers and shareholders making a very good business a great business. Our brands and wines will continue to be part of a portfolio of world class premium global brands being sold into all significant world markets. We will be a leader in brand innovation and creativity producing the best quality premium wines that express the essence of our winemaking and which excite our customers and consumers. Our people will be greatly valued in an environment where opinions are sought and contribution is recognized. We will encourage a ‘let’s do it” attitude that breeds success.

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