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Hess Family Wine Estates and Liberty Wines announce new distribution deal

4th September, 2014

Hess Family Wine Estates and Liberty Wines announce new distribution deal

Hess Family Wines Estates has made the strategic decision to consolidate their portfolio and move the distribution of both Peter Lehmann Wines from the Barossa Valley and the Hess Collection Winery from the Napa Valley to Liberty Wines.  This move to Liberty Wines will take effect from 1st October 2014.

“Liberty Wines is doing a great job with Bodega Colomé, Amalaya and Glen Carlou so it makes sense to consolidate all our properties with the same importer, as we are increasingly doing on a global basis” announced Christoph Ehrbar, Managing Director of Hess Family Wine Estates.  

David Gleave MW, Managing Director of Liberty Wines, fell in love with the Peter Lehmann wines on his first visit to the Barossa in February 1992, and has wanted to sell them ever since. 

“It is a dream come true to add the Peter Lehmann wines to our portfolio and we intend to build on the premium position they hold in the UK market.  We have long championed the quality, diversity and ‘sense of place’ offered by premium Australian wines, and believe that the Barossa and Eden Valley wines produced by Peter Lehmann are among the country’s greatest and most individual wines.”

Gleave added: “The Hess Collection wines from California offer the sort of value and regionality that we have been looking for from the USA.  As a result, we are confident that they will be as successful as the rest of the Hess stable.” 

The Hess Group started in California in 1978 when Donald Hess bought vineyard land in the Napa Valley. Bodega Colomé from Salta in northern Argentina, purchased in 2001 together with Amalaya from Cafayate, then Glen Carlou from Paarl in South Africa, of which Hess acquired full ownership in 2003, built on the success of the Napa property.  When Peter Lehmann sold his business in 2003, he recognised that Donald Hess, his USA distributor, shared his philosophy and passion for the Barossa, so the Peter Lehmann winery became part of the Hess Group.