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Sogrape takes control of Stevens Garnier

Portuguese wine producer Sogrape has increased its shareholding in UK wine agency Stevens Garnier and is planning further investment in the Oxford-based firm.

“Sogrape and Stevens Garnier have a longstanding and successful partnership in the UK and Sogrape is delighted to make a full acquisition of the company,” said Sogrape president Salvador Guedes (pictured).

“Stevens Garnier has built a strong reputation for delivering exceptional service to the UK wine trade and lists some of the best wine producers from around the world in its portfolio. We are committed to investing in the company’s future,” Guedes added.

Matt Douglas joins Stevens Garnier as managing director today, from the Argento Wine Company where he was operations director, following six years with Bibendum.

A New Zealander, Douglas was general manager of the Mount Difficulty winery in Central Otago before moving to the UK.

Douglas will develop and implement a new strategic plan for Stevens Garnier’s brands in the on- and off-trades in consultation with founding director Jane Cranston, who relinquishes her role of managing director but remains as a director of the company.

“I’m delighted with the appointment of Matt Douglas to head up the business. His commercial acumen and strong vision for the future is what’s needed to ensure Stevens Garnier retains and grows its reputation as one of the leading suppliers to the UK wine trade,” Cranston said.

Speaking prior to taking up the position, Douglas said: “Stevens Garnier is about to enjoy a period of strong growth and I’m looking forward to working with the existing team during this challenging and exciting new phase in the company’s development.”

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