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Foley Family Wines added to Negociants UK

Published:  30 June, 2016

Leading Australia and New Zealand importers Negociants UK has been appointed to distribute three New Zealand brands within the Foley Family Wines portfolio - Marlborough based Grove Mill and Frog Haven and Martinborough Vineyard from Martinborough.

These wineries will be sold to the UK off and on-trade and represented by Negociants UK with immediate effect.

Foley Family Wines was established in 1996 in the USA and is a major producer, marketer and distributor of handmade wines.

In New Zealand, Foley Family Wines Ltd is home to several of the country's leading wineries including Grove Mill and Martinborough Vineyard.

The Grove Mill winery is a pioneer in the Wairau Valley - originally established in 1988 by a group of local winegrowers and enthusiasts.

In line with their sustainable practices, the Southern Bell frog is the company's logo and can be found on both Grove Mill and Frog Haven brands.

Fruit is sourced from its own vineyards, some of the oldest in Marlborough, throughout the Wairau, Waihopai and 17 Valleys.

Founded in 1980, Martinborough Vineyard was the first to plant Pinot Noir grapes in the growing region and today Martinborough Vineyard is home to the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the district.

Mark Turnbull, CEO of Foley Family Wines NZ said: "Other than some UK retail distribution for Martinborough Vineyard, [Negociants UK] represents completely new routes to market for these premium brands. To have such a respected organisation as Negociants UK choosing to distribute our brands is exciting from a growth perspective but also testament to the quality of our wine portfolio".

Negociants UK Managing Director Simon Thorpe MW added: "We are absolutely delighted to be adding these three iconic wineries to our portfolio which reinforces our commitment to representing the best of family-owned wineries from New Zealand and Australia

"Martinborough Vineyard and Grove Mill are both going from strength to strength and having Alastair Maling MW at the helm will ensure their continued success. Negociants UK are the market leader in the UK regarding premium Australian and New Zealand wineries and we look forward to working with them."