UK wine agent Crush Wines has won the distribution rights for the portfolio of Italian winery Cardeto Orvieto.

Wines from the Umbria-based winery had been handled by Western Wines, which was absorbed into Constellation Brands following the US drinks giant's acquisition of Vincor International earlier this year.

Crush Wines already handles wines from Italian wine producer Picco d'Umbria. Chris Ellis, MD of Crush Wines, called the Cardeto Orvieto agreement a "significant development" for both companies.

"Cardeto felt they wanted a fresh approach to the market place and the move will see Crush Wines developing their strategy to offer a full service to the UK market," Ellis said today (5 September). "This move also brings together a new, energetic team of highly experienced and committed individuals."

Cardeto winemaker Maurilio Chioccia added: "With our state-of-the-art technology to ensure freshness and flavours are retained throughout the fermentation process and beyond, we have evolved to produce good examples of what modern Orvieto can achieve."

While the drier Orvieto Classico style is Cardeto's signature wine, the range also includes an Orvieto Classico Superiore Vendemmia Tardiva, a single-varietal Chardonnay and rosé.