South American wine producer Grupo Claro has secured a distribution deal in the US with Trinchero Family Estates.

The company, which owns Dona Paula winery in Argentina and Carmen winery in Chile said yesterday (27 January) that it has shifted its distribution in the US to Trinchero. Details on its previous US distributor were not disclosed.

The agreement covers Dona Paula's Los Cardos, Dona Paula Estate and Dona Paula Seleccion De Bodega wines along with a new - but unnamed - "consumer proposition" from the Carmen Estate.

"The US is already a significant export market for both Dona Paula and Carmen, but with a major partner such as Trinchero Family Estates, we will have far greater potential for market penetration and sales," said Claro's CEO, Silvio Rostagno.

Bob Torkelson, president and COO of Trinchero, added: "The US consumer is showing great interest in wine from South America. Our entire team is looking forward to the partnerships with the Claro Group and the opportunity to represent growing wines with the image and sales of Dona Paula and Carmen.”

Grupo Claro also owns a shipping company CSAV, Saam (ports and logistics), Elecmetal (steel), Cristalerias de Chile (glass), CMF (packaging), Megavision (Chile's first privately-held television station), financial newspaper Diario Financiero and Capital Magazine.

Trinchero Family Estates is owned and operated by the Trinchero family in California.