By Deborah Jackson, editor National Liquor News

Samuel Smith & Son and Negociants Australia have announced changes to their portfolios effective from 1 July, 2016.

After a successful 23 year distribution partnership with Negociants Australia, Wirra Wirra is moving to the Samuel Smith and Son portfolio, effective 1 July. Making them the first McLaren Vale winery to be featured in the Samuel Smith & Son offering. 

Paul Midolo, director strategy and trading said: “We are very happy that our family business will continue to represent Wirra Wirra in the domestic marketplace and the Samuel Smith & Son team are excited to add this iconic McLaren Vale brand to their portfolio.”

The Smith & Hooper brand, currently represented by Samuel Smith & Son, will be moving to the Negociants Australia portfolio. Negociants Australia are delighted to have the opportunity to distribute these premium wines from Wrattonbully, Coonawarra.

Barringwood from Tasmania will commence national distribution with Negociants Australia, also effective 1 July.

Ken Withers, general manager Negociants Australia said: “We are very excited at the opportunity to represent this family-owned premium Tasmanian producer. Their long-term vision, commitment to Tasmania and fine wine will add further depth and value to the Negociants Australia offering and align closely with our long term strategy."

National distribution for Dandelion Vineyards, Heirloom Vineyards and Sister’s Run also commences from 1 July. 

Rymill Coonawarra, due to a change in market strategy, will cease their distribution partnership with Negociants Australia, effective 30 June. 

Withers said: "Change in today’s wine trade is a constant and we at Negociants Australia and Samuel Smith & Son are very excited about the refreshed offers we take to market on 1 July."

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