The UK wine and spirits company Allied Domecq is thought to be attempting to add Peter Lehmann Wines to the brands it distributes in the UK and US.

As reported in just-drinks last week, Allied Domecq has raised its stake in the Australian winemaker to 14.5%. But the move is not thought to be a precursor to a full takover.

Speaking at the time Allied Domecq's corporate affairs director, Stephen Whitehead, said: "We believe that a close working relationship between Allied Domecq and Peter Lehmann Wines could improve their profitability, primarily through distribution arrangements most notably in the UK.

"The Allied Domecq wine strategy is delivering growth, as revealed at our interims, and distribution alignment in selective markets with PLW would deliver useful synergies for PLW and help them overcome some of their short-term performance issues."

And a report today in the Financial Times quoted an Allied source as saying that Peter Lehmann Wines had some "great brands". It added: "We would like to do a distribution deal with them. We would like to take their wines into the UK and the US."

According to the report, Allied Domecq first approached Peter Lehmann Wines last year about a distribution agreement.

It quoted Doug Lehmann, managing director saying: "We will be seeking a meeting with them in the near future to discuss what they think they can bring to Peter Lehmann."

Following the purchase of the additional shares in PLW by Allied, the Australian company said it had so far heard nothing from Allied about its intentions.