Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Craggy Range Vineyards gets green light to expand from OIO

Craggy Range Vineyards gets green light to expand from OIO

By Rebecca Howard

July 31 (BusinessDesk) - Craggy Range Vineyards has been given a green light to buy 132 hectares of land in the Wairarapa for $3.6 million.

The purchase will let the Australian-owned company expand its existing Martinborough vineyard, which is about a kilometre away, the Overseas Investment Office said.

The site is currently undeveloped and "because the land would otherwise be used as bare grazing land, the investment is likely to result in much of the land being converted to a higher, more productive use," the OIO said in a summary of its decision.

Craggy Range will plant grape vines and build a water storage dam. The investment is also expected to result in 20 new seasonal and permanent job opportunities to develop and operate the vineyard and will increase New Zealand's wine export revenue.

New Zealand wine exports are currently valued at $1.7 billion in the 12 months to June and wine is the country’s fifth largest export. A total of 419,000 tonnes of grapes were harvested during vintage 2018, up 6 percent on the prior year, according to New Zealand Winegrowers. The bulk of the harvest takes place from February to April, although some areas are still harvesting in June.

"These benefits relate to factors of high relative importance under the current Ministerial Directive letter," it said. Last November the government issued a new Directive Letter to the Overseas Investment Office that meant foreign buyers of rural land face tougher requirements to provide additional benefits to the New Zealand economy.

Craggy Range has previously invested more than $150 million in the New Zealand wine industry, planted more than 250 hectares of vines, and employs about 80 staff across the country.

It has a 102-hectare vineyard at Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay as well as vineyards in Martinborough and Marlborough. The Martinborough vineyard produces pinot noir and sauvignon blanc grapes.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Bus-iness: Transdev To Acquire More Auckland And Wellington Operations

Transdev Australasia today announced that it has agreed terms to acquire two bus operations in Auckland and Wellington, reaching agreement with Souter Investments to purchase Howick and Eastern Buses and Mana Coach Services. More>>

ALSO:

Māui And Hector’s Dolphins: WWF/Industry Counter Offer On Threat Management Plan

Forest & Bird says WWF-NZ's plan for protecting Māui dolphins is based on testing unproven methods on a species that is almost extinct, and is urging the Government to reject the proposal. More>>

ALSO:

Industry Report: Growing Interactive Sector Wants Screen Grants

Introducing a coordinated plan that invests in emerging talent and allows interactive media to access existing screen industry programmes would create hundreds of hi-tech and creative industry jobs. More>>

ALSO:

Ground Rules: Government Moves To Protect Best Growing Land

“Continuing to grow food in the volumes and quality we have come to expect depends on the availability of land and the quality of the soil. Once productive land is built on, we can’t use it for food production, which is why we need to act now.” More>>

ALSO: