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Published:  23 July, 2008

Winecorp, the South African wine producer, is closing its London office and Adrian Garforth MW, its European managing director, has left the company. Private Liquor Brands (PLB), which already handles Spier, is taking over the Longridge, Savanha, Bay View and Capelands brands, while Naledi and Sejana remain with John Armit Wines. Bruce Barraclough, PLB's South African business manager, told Harpers that the company had decided to consolidate all its major brands through PLB. Winecorp is 62% owned by the Spier Group (32% held by the public), which is owned by the Capricorn investment group. It was formed following a merger in 1999 of the wine interests of Longridge, Savanha and Spier Cellars.