Stevens Garnier to take owner Sogrape's name

Portuguese wine producer Sogrape is changing the name of its UK subsidiary distributor Stevens Garnier.

The company – founded by Alistair Stevens and Edward Garnier in 1976 – moved from Oxford to new offices in Reading at the end of 2014 and will now trade under the name Sogrape UK.

The revamped operation has added Burgundy producer Ropiteau Freres to its agency roster, joining a portfolio that includes Mateus, Mouton Cadet, McWilliams Mount Pleasant and Sandeman.

Managing director Matt Douglas said that, after making key appointments to manage off-trade accounts in 2014, the company would look to strengthen its presence in the on-trade in 2015.

“We are actively looking for additional, well-established brands with a proven track record in this sector,” he added.

Sogrape bought a stake in Stevens Garnier in 1986 and took full ownership of the company in 2011.