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New Zealand wine pioneer Nick Nobilo dies, aged 94

New Zealand wine pioneer Nick Nobilo dies, aged 94

Pioneering winemaker Nikola "Nick" Nobilo, whose company grew to become the second-largest in New Zealand's wine industry, died in Auckland early Thursday. He was 94.
Nobilo founded Nobilo Wines in 1943, six years after emigrating from Croatia _ where the family's winemaking tradition goes back more than 300 years.
The Nobilo family settled in Huapai, west of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, and started planting vines in 1943.
The Nobilos were key drivers in moving the nation's wine industry away from hybrid grapes to classic varieties in pursuit of higher-quality wines.
In September 1998, Nobilo Vintners, then a family company, purchased successful New Zealand wine company Selaks. Selaks-produced wines are multiple-award winners both in New Zealand and overseas.
Nobilo's wine group was New Zealand's wine producer of the year at the international wine and spirit competition in 2003. Its sauvignon blanc won the best sauvignon blanc award at the same competition in 2000.
In 2000, Nobilo Vintners was bought by Australia's second-largest wine producer, BRL Hardy, which merged with Constellation Brands Inc. in 2003.
The resulting global wine company Constellation Wines now incorporates the Nobilo parent company's wine interests in the U.S., Australia, U.K., Europe, South America and New Zealand.
Nobilo's funeral service is scheduled for Sept. 5.


Updated : 2021-02-27 23:24 GMT+08:00