E&J Gallo is working on a giant new French wine brand for the US market. The wine, made in the Languedoc region of France, is to be called Red Bicyclette.

Speaking to just-drinks, a spokesperson for Gallo said: "The wine shall hit the US market towards the latter part of this year.

"There are no plans to launch the wine internationally at the moment,"the spokesperson added.

The launch strategy for the new brand has yet to be finalised, and further details were not revealed. The brand is thought, however, to be aimed at the lower end of the market which, with the US wine glut easing, is proving difficult for Californian wineries to supply.