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SCHILD ESTATE APPOINTS VINTAGE HOUSE WINE
AND SPIRITS AS NATIONAL DISTRIBUTOR
Vintage House Wine and Spirits, the distribution house of Angove Family Winemakers has been
appointed as the exclusive Australian distributor for Barossa winery Schild Estate.
Vintage House will commence distribution on 1 September and “completes” the distribution
house’s Barossa offering with cult winery Cimicky being in its portfolio since 2003.
Schild Estate has been under the watchful eye of patriarch Ed Schild, who this year celebrated
his 60th vintage. The 2016 vintage was also the 30th for Ed’s son Michael and the first for his
Vintage House said it was “extremely proud and excited to be representing one of the superstars of
the Barossa”. Adding that, “the wines to be carried include the flagship Moorooroo Limited Release
Shiraz, Cellar Reserve range and the Family Estate range”.
Leanne Chapman, one of Ed’s daughters, said: “Joining a successful, national company like
Vintage House Wine and Spirits as one of their Barossa partners allows us to support our customers
around the country with extremely professional service delivery for our sales and marketing and we
believe it will allow us to take Schild to a new level here in Australia.”
UK TRADE CONFIDENCE IN FINE
AUSTRALIAN WINE BUILDING
The UK wine trade is reeling from the result of the EU
referendum decision, with a poll of the major players
believing that their businesses will take a battering in
the short term. Add to this the ongoing consolidation
across most trade sectors – including the recent
takeover of Bibendum-PLB by Conviviality – and the
range reduction in several of the retailers, and the
picture is not the most positive for premium Australian
wine. Changes in exchange rates and financial market
uncertainty will have an impact but there is a strong
feeling of ‘keep calm and carry on’.
However, the outlook is not all gloomy. Waitrose has
announced its increased Australian portfolio and we
are seeing more producers coming back to this market.
Imports of bottled wine have increased to 16 per cent
of the total market, Australia is still number one in the
UK off-trade and is the only country in growth of the top
five countries of origin. Strong branded promotions from
the likes of Wolf Blass, Hardy’s and McGuigan Wines,
based mainly around sporting events such as the Rugby
World Cup and the English Cricket team, have been
Consider, too, the recent wins for Australia at
the major wine competitions, including the award
for International Red Winemaker of the Year at the
International Wine Challenge going to Australian winery
Wolf Blass for the third time in nine years.
There is more interest in the small, artisanal
winemaker in the on-trade, within the independents
and from journalists such as Jancis Robinson MW and
Jamie Goode. At the other end of the scale, the fine wine
market is growing as collectors look elsewhere for better
value than the overpriced 2015 Bordeaux en primeur
offers. Wine Australia recently hosted a masterclass
and tasting with Andrew Caillard MW of the Langton’s
Classification for both trade and investors, building the
reputation of Australia as a fine wine producer.
The Australia Day Tasting this year was the busiest yet
for the trade, with nearly 1200 people attending and over
1000 wines on show, the majority of which were over £5
retail price. Interest in the stories behind Australian wines
is higher now than for many years, augmented by the
influx of winemakers visiting the market in the last year.
Journalists and buyers alike are exploring the evolution
of Australian wine styles, and tastings this autumn will
include a focus on Chardonnay by the Institute of Masters
of Wine and an Artisans of Australian Wine tasting with
25 winemakers in attendance.
Whatever happens next in the UK as we wait for the
new tariffs to be negotiated, we must take advantage of
the opportunities and remain upbeat.
LAURA JEWELL MW
Head of market, UK & Europe
FOX CREEK WINES DISTRIBUTION CHANGES
Fox Creek Wines and Combined Wines and Foods have ceased distribution arrangements in NSW
and ACT as at 30 June. Fox Creek thanked the team at Combined Wines and Foods for its help in
building the Fox Creek brand and wishes their continued success.
As of 1 July, Pure Wine Co, who already distribute Fox Creek Wines in South Australia, Queensland
and Northern Territory have been appointed to represent the portfolio in NSW and ACT.
In a statement Fox Creek Wines said: “Pure Wine Co is one of Australia’s leading distributors of
fine wines. The portfolio represents wines of provenance from well-known premium wine regions both
here in Australia and overseas. We are excited about the future of Fox Creek Wines in NSW and ACT
and are pleased to have been able to secure a great distribution partner in Pure Wine Co to support
our wines and ensure they are present in Australia’s best outlets.”
It went on to say: “With a number of recent new additions to the Fox Creek Wines portfolio, which
are already gaining great media and consumer feedback, together with this new distribution direction,
the future is certainly looking bright.”
STANTON & KILLEEN WINES APPOINTS DÉJÀ VU
WINE COMPANY AS NATIONAL DISTRIBUTOR
Stanton & Killeen Wines has announced a new distribution partnership with Déjà Vu Wine
Company, effective 17 August.
Wendy Killeen, CEO of Stanton & Killeen Wines, said there were strong synergies between
Stanton & Killeen and the Déjà Vu Wine Company.
“The timing of the new partnership with Déjà Vu Wine Company is perfect as we release the
new vintage wines from our beautiful vineyards. We’re excited to join forces with this dynamic
and progressive operation led by Andrew Cameron, Peter Crannage and their team,” said Killeen.
Déjà Vu’s Cameron commented: “We look forward to championing Stanton & Killeen in the
industry. The brand has an enviable reputation with visibly strong family values, not to mention
superb quality table and fortified wines.”
Killeen added that Stanton & Killeen would like to thank Domaine Wine Shippers for the 24
years of service they have provided the brand.
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