Three partners have joined forces to form a Californian wine company called Vintage Point - "Partners in Wine", which aims to assist small boutique wineries in their sales and marketing.

The three partners - David Biggar, managing director, Tom Peterson, director of operations, and Teresa Sullivan, director of finance - said their experience and passion for the luxury wine market led them to form the partnership.

"Above all, we want to help small, independent boutique wineries get to market," David Biggar said. "The way wine is marketed and sold in the US is changing so quickly, with consolidation happening in all parts of the business - retail, wholesale and supplier. As a result, we see that these wineries are getting lost in the system. Our aim is to partner with these wineries so that their businesses remain viable, profitable and strong."

Vintage Point will specialise in channel management, employing experienced prestige wine industry personnel with strong existing relationships with distributors, master sommeliers, restaurateurs and key retail accounts.

In addition to its national sales network, Vintage Point offers marketing services including package design, merchandising and advertising development, forecasting/planning and website development.