US distributor Billington Imports today (15 August) announced the acquisition of the Havens Wine Cellars brand.

The sale, for an undisclosed amount, includes the Californian company's brand name and inventories, Haven said. The wine company was formed in 1984 by Michael Havens, who will continue in his role at Havens as winegrower.

"After 23 years making wine in the Napa Valley, I look forward to again focusing on the vineyard and cellar, and relying on Billington's proven sales team," he said.

Billington, based in Virginia, has subsequently created a new division - Billington Wine Studio - which will coordinate the production and marketing of its wines.

The Havens brand will join the existing portfolio which includes several brands from California. Billington Wine Studio will also market the joint ventures of Big Tattoo from Chile/Germany, Blind River from New Zealand, and the Chasseur wines from Hunter Wine Cellars from California.

"Over the last decade we have diversified our portfolio beyond South America," said Alex Bartholomaus, the head of Billington's. "The acquisition of Havens Wine Cellars gives us a solid foothold in California wine production, which complements our existing relationship with Hunter Wine Cellars."

International Wine Associates initiated the transaction and served as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Havens Wine Cellars.