Pernod Ricard NZ

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Pernod Ricard NZ is New Zealand's largest wine-maker, formed when Pernod Ricard took over Allied Domecq, which had previously taken over Montana Wines. The companies operations and labels are still largely associated with Montana (and also Corbans Wines, itself taken over by Montana). The company has operations based in Marlborough, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay and North Canterbury.

The company has a staff of around 750, which increases to over 1,000 during vintage. The company itself is a division of Pernod Ricard Pacific, which is a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, one of the world's largest makers of spirits and alcohol.

History

Corbans Wines was the second largest producer of wine in New Zealand until they were purchased by Montana Wines in November 2002. Corbans now exists as a label of Pernod Ricard NZ following several takeovers of Montana. Corban Wines was started in 1902 by an Assid Abraham Corban; a Lebanese immigrant who arrived in New Zealand in 1892. He purchased for £320 a block of land in Henderson, Auckland, although at the time this was quite some distance from what was known as Auckland. He named the block of land Mt Lebanon Vineyards.

The first vintage was in 1908, coninciding with the local electorate voting in prohibition, meaning he was unable to sell wine from the property. Assid's son Wadier took over wine-making in 1916. By the 1920s the Corban family were the largest winemakers in New Zealand. Development of different vineyards by the five sons of Assid...
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