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Wine Company Shares Issue Fully Subscribed


News Release 3 February 2004

Wine Company Shares Issue Fully Subscribed

The Waipara Hills Wine Estate Ltd issue of $1.3 million of convertible preference shares has closed fully subscribed.

The company¹s shareholders subscribed for in excess of $700,000 of the issue before Christmas and the remaining shares have been taken up in the past month by the public.

Syd Bradley, the company chair, said the positive response will help Waipara Hills achieve critical mass as a leading producer and exporter of top quality New Zealand wines.

"We now look forward to the biggest and best harvest we have had to date from contract growers in Marlborough, Canterbury and Waipara," he said.

"Also it is timely that our major export markets in the UK, USA and Australia are experiencing increased demand for Waipara Hills wines." In the three years since its formation, Waipara Hills has won numerous accolades for its wines at national and international wine shows.

The convertible preference shares issued will convert to ordinary shares in March 2007 at the rate of 130 ordinary shares for 100 convertible preference shares. The company can extend the conversion date to March 2009, and if so, the conversion rate increases to 135 shares.

A gross dividend of 9.75% per annum is payable quarterly on the shares. Mr Bradley said this return had proved attractive to investors. Also the company has no term debt and strong earnings prospects from existing export markets and future export sales growth.

Subscribers for 2,500 or more shares also qualify for the company¹s Wine Club and receive privileges when purchasing wine.

Waipara Hills Wine Estate Limited¹s ordinary and convertible preference shares are quoted on the Unlisted Securities Market.

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