The strength of Constellation NZ

By Michael Cooper In Wine

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4th February, 2012
What do the Nobilo, Selaks, Kim Crawford, Drylands, The People’s and Monkey Bay labels have in common? They are all owned by this country’s second-largest wine producer, Constellation New Zealand. Croatian immigrant Nikola Nobilo, who died in 2007, aged 94, planted his first vines at Huapai, West Auckland, in 1943. From the 1960s onwards, helped by several investors, the company grew rapidly. After acquiring Selaks, another long-established Croatian winery just along the road at Kumeu, in 1998, Nobilo was itself swallowed in 2000 by an Australian giant, BRL Hardy. When New York-based ...

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