SPI Group invests in Argentinean winery

21 April, 2011

SPI Group has acquired shares in Argentinean winery Achaval-Ferrer, as part of its strategy of investing in “jewels of the wine world”.

The drinks group, which is already a shareholder in Frescobaldi in Italy and Michael Mondavi of California, has acquired "a significant share" in the Mendoza-based winery.

Val Mendeleev, SPI’s chief executive officer said: “The Achaval-Ferrer winery is renowned for producing ultra-premium Argentinian wines which score some of the highest rankings from Robert Parker and Wine Spectator."

As part of the agreement between the two companies, the president of Achaval-Ferrer, Santiago Achával Becu, will retain his position and take on new resopnsibilities with SPI’s other wines.

Becu said: “This partnership presents a fantastic opportunity for our wines to achieve greater distribution and recognition the world over."





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