Beam Wine Estates has become the US distributor of Lion Nathan's wine portfolio.

Lion announced the deal today (28 July) and said Beam will handle a stable of wine brands including Petaluma, St Hallett and Wither Hills. Lion's labels join Beam's "Californian-focussed" portfolio, the Trans-Tasman group said.

Lion Nathan Wine Group MD Peter Cowan said: "A key strategic objective has been to establish the best possible fine wine route-to-market system in our priority international markets."

In January, Lion teamed up with UK wine agent Bibendum, Chile's Via Wine Group and The Argento Wine Company from Argentina to manage the distribution of a number of fine wine brands in Europe.