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Published:  23 July, 2008

Cassegrain Wines has bought the Hungerford Hill wine brand from Southcorp, effective from 1 March, and secured the services of winemaker Phillip John, best known for Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay, the biggest-selling imported wine in the US. James Kirby, chairman of the Port Macquarie-based company, said the company's present plans were to continue to market Hungerford Hill primarily as a New South Wales regional wine brand with the existing Tumbarumba, Cowra and Hilltops ranges, with additional wines sourced from other regions such as Watervale in South Australia's Clare Valley. Cassegrain intends to double its number of wines. Hungerford Hill will continue to maintain its base and cellar-door operations at Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley, but will make its wines under John's supervision at the Port Macquarie winery.