Opera Vins & Spiriteux (OVS), the group of French wine co-operatives behind the Chamarré brand, is set to welcome members from Beaujolais and the Rhône Valley by the end of June.

The new producers will become the seventh and eighth members of OVS, which is said to be the first time French wine producers have joined forces to produce a single brand.

OVS export manager Vincent Norguet said Chamarré had been welcomed by buyers in the UK looking for a branded offering from France.

"Buyers are very aware that they have to have a big brand to drive the French offer in their supermarkets," he told just-drinks. Since its launch in February, Chamarré has won listings in Morrisons and Somerfield, with Threshers also set to sell the label from July.

"Buyers really expect a French brand positioned at GBP4.99-7.99 (US$9.36-14.99) - that's they key point on the UK market," Norguet added. "France is able to produce quality wines at that price level, there is no doubt about that."

Norguet also said that OVS was looking to launch Chamarré in Scandinavia, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland and France.