BRL Hardy is to launch its first Californain wine brand in the UK, Seventh Moon, the product of its hugely successful Pacific Wine Partners joint venture with the US giant Constellation Wines.

The wine will be available at £4.99 in three single varietals, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Brand manager Andrew Nunney said: "We do not believe that there is another Californian wine band available in this country [UK] fo comparable quality at this price. Our philosophy is to offer affordable wines that over deliver on quality and quickly gain a reputation for consistency and value for money. Seventh Moon will therefore be an important building block in the development of the UK's Californian wine market."

The US category in the UK is currently the third fastest growing wine category, with 17% MAT volume growth for November/December 2002, according to AC Nielsen.