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Hess Family moves Napa and Barossa wines from Hallgarten to Liberty

Published:  08 September, 2014

Hess Family Wine Estates has switched distribution of its Napa and Barossa wines from Hallgarten Druitt to Liberty Wines in the UK.

Liberty Wines already distributes the group's Argentinian wines from Bodega Colomé and Amalaya as well as those from its South African estate Glen Carlou. It will add the Californian and Australian wines to its portfolio from October 1.

Christoph Ehrbar, managing director of Hess Family Wine Estates, said: "Liberty Wines is doing a great job with Bodega Colomé, Amalaya and Glen Carlou so it makes sense to consolidate all our properties with the same importer, as we are increasingly doing on a global basis."  

David Gleave MW, Liberty Wines' managing director, said: "It is a dream come true to add the Peter Lehmann wines to our portfolio and we intend to build on the premium position they hold in the UK market.  We have long championed the quality, diversity and 'sense of place' offered by premium Australian wines, and believe that the Barossa and Eden Valley wines produced by Peter Lehmann are among the country's greatest and most individual wines."

The Hess Family has consolidated its UK distribution to Liberty Wines in the UK, switching from Happgarten Druitt.

"The Hess Collection wines from California offer the sort of value and regionality that we have been looking for from the USA.  As a result, we are confident that they will be as successful as the rest of the Hess stable."

The Hess Group was started in California in 1978 when Donald Hess bought vineyard land in the Napa Valley. In 2001 the group bought Argentinian estates Bodega Colomé from Salta and Amalaya from Cafayate, then Glen Carlou from Paarl in South Africa. It took full control of the latter in 2003. Peter Lehmann sold his business in 2003 to his US distributor Donald Hess.

Hess familyPeter Lehmann WinesThe Hess Family has consolidated its UK distribution including its Peter Lehmann wines, to Liberty Wines in the UK, switching from Hallgarten Druitt.