The winery, headquartered in Auckland (North Island) in New Zealand
, was founded by the former stonemason Assid Abraham Corban (died 1941), who immigrated from Lebanon. For ten years he had tried his hand at various jobs. In 1902 he bought four hectares of land in the Henderson region for 320 pounds and planted vines. This became his destiny, as he showed himself to be a true natural talent in viticulture. Over the years, the company expanded by purchasing additional vineyards. The Corban group was first acquired by a brewery multinational, bought by the Australian wine multinational Montana
in 2000, taken over by the British multinational Allied Domecq
in 2001 and finally bought by the French multinational Pernod Ricard
The vineyards cover 220 hectares. They are planted with over 20 different varieties, the most important of which are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Shiraz. There are four major wineries in the cities of Auckland, Blenheim, Gisborne and Napier. Bulk varieties are purchased from contract winemakers, from which large quantities of bag-in-box wines
are produced. The wines are marketed under numerous brand names. Under the "Corbans" label, wines are marketed in four lines: White Label, Homestead, Private Bin and Cottage Block.