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Montana

The origins of the wine multinational with today's headquarters in Glen Innes in the Auckland (North Island) area of New Zealand date back to 1934, when the Croatian Ivan Yukich, who immigrated from Dalmatia, planted his first vineyard in Waitakere and called it Montana. At the beginning of the 1960s, his two sons founded the estate of the same name in the Gisborne area. In 1973, vineyards were planted in Marlborough, the first ever in this area. With the acquisition of the Corbans Winery Group in 2000, the company has become the largest winery in New Zealand. Montana was then bought in 2001 by the British Multi Allied Domecq, which in turn was acquired by the French empire Pernod Ricard in 2005.

Montana produces more than half of New Zealand's wines under numerous labels. These include Azure Bay, Blenheimer, Brancott, Church Road, Fairhall River, Huntaway, Lindauer, McDonald, Montana Gisborne, Montana Marlborough, Murray Ridge, Ormond, Renwick, Saints, Timara, Tom, Verde and Virtu. The vineyards cover a total of around 2,400 hectares of vines. There are five wineries: Brancott (Marlborough), Curch Road (Hawke's Bay), Corbans (Hawke's Bay), Montana Gisborne (Gisborne) and Tamaki (Auckland).

The majority of the wines produced are simple branded, sparkling and semi-sparkling wines, with 50% being sweet white wines. The best Varietals (varietal wines) come from Marlborough, they are made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Riesling and Sémillon. The flagship is the world famous "Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc". Wines from Bordeaux varieties are marketed under "Church Road". The Marlborough sparkling wine cuvée is produced in a joint venture with the Champagne House Deutz, which has been in existence since 1987. A further cooperation has existed since 1990 with the Bordeaux wine trading house Cordier, especially with regard to red wine production.

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