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Duckhorn consolidates UK distribution of its wine brands

Californian winemaker Duckhorn has signed an exclusive UK distribution deal with Top Selection, saying the "time was right" to consolidate.

The distributor - which has been working with Duckhorn's Calera wines brand for several years - will now be soley responsible for distributing its wine portfolio in the UK, including brands such as Decoy, Goldeneye and Migration which were previously imported by The Wine Treasury.

The Duckhorn portfolio includes wines from Napa, Sonoma and the central Californian coast as well as Washington State.

Brian Bostwick, Duckhorn export director, said: "We feel the time is right to consolidate our distribution in the UK. Duckhorn has ambitious plans for the UK market, particularly growth across the range within the premium on-trade and off-trade. Top Selection has a proven presence in these channels and the team has impressed us with the work they have been doing with Calera."

Top Selection chairman, Ákos Forczek, added: "Interest and appreciation of premium Californian wines in the UK market is on the up. We look forward to working with Brian and the team at Duckhorn to build sales of the brands in the UK."

The range will be available to order from Top Selection from 1 March and will be on display at the Essential California London tasting on 12 March.

26 February 2020 - Bethany Whymark