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Co Londonderry wine firms uncork £300,000 deal

By Jamie Stinson

Jonny Callan and Stephen Beckett of Cabroso Wines and Lisa McGuigan celebrate exclusive distribution rights in NI of Lisa McGuigan wines
Jonny Callan and Stephen Beckett of Cabroso Wines and Lisa McGuigan celebrate exclusive distribution rights in NI of Lisa McGuigan wines

A Co Londonderry wine merchant has secured the exclusive Northern Ireland rights to sell wines by Australian producer Lisa McGuigan, in a deal worth £300,000 a year.

Magherafelt-based Cabroso Wines said it expected to sell 12,000 cases of the wines in the first year of the deal.

The exclusive deal was struck after a meeting between Cabroso's Jonny Callan and Ms McGuigan during an Australian wine fair in Dublin.

Mr Callan said innovation is something the Australian producer is focused on.

"Wine is in Ms McGuigan's DNA," Mr Callan said.

"She is blazing a new trail in wine that speaks to consumers rather than intimidating them."

Ms McGuigan started to make wine in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, in 1997 after a decade-long career as a chef working in hotels and restaurants.

When making the wine, the producer looks beyond the New South Wales region for its influence, Mr Callan added.

"These wines pay homage to the well-trodden path of Ms McGuigan's ancestors, but combine her passion to source varietals from different regions in Australia, outside of her own Hunter Valley vineyard, to create a truly global brand".

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