Global drinks giant Diageo has made a minority investment in a vodka/wine blended spirit targeted at women in North America.

Nuvo, a blend of French vodka, French sparkling wine, and exotic fruit nectar is the creation of Raphael Yakoby, of The London Group and entrepreneur behind vodka/Cognac blended spirit Hpnotiq.

Speaking yesterday (23 April), Yakoby said: "Today's women are willing to spend more on themselves, Nuvo is the first of its kind among alcohol beverages that allows women to pamper themselves with something truly luxurious."

The brand, which aims to leverage the popularity of cocktails, wines and blended liqueurs among women, will be available in a pink bottle inspired by a perfume bottle.

Diageo North America's president & CEO Ivan Menezes added: "This investment builds on Diageo's innovation strategy of taking a stake in small and nimble companies like The London Group that can deliver new ideas."

Nuvo will begin to roll out in the US from next month and will be available in 200ml and 375ml bottles. Pricing details were not immediately available.