E&J Gallo has lined up an Argentinean offering for the US.

The California-based wine giant confirmed yesterday (4 April) that it will be the US importer for Bodegas Escorihuela Gascon's Don Miguel Gascon brand of Malbec. The wine will be Gallo's first offering from Argentina in the US.

Bodegas Escorihuela Gascon is one of the oldest wineries in Argentina, the company noted.

Speaking to just-drinks today, a spokesperson for Gallo said: "We think Malbec has legs in the US, and we think the US consumer is more than ready for this offering."

The Malbec wine will be available in the US from 1 September, with a suggested retail price of US$12.00 per 750ml.

In the last few weeks, Gallo has unveiled additions to its offering from South Africa and Spain.

In March, Gallo said it will import and market a range of wines from South Africa under the Sebeka brand name. A week earlier, the company announced that it will import an Albariño white wine brand from Spain's Bodegas Martín Códax S.A.U.

"The US consumer has become more open to wines from abroad," the spokesperson continued. "It's time for our portfolio to diversify to accomodate that."