Washington state's Hedges Family Estate has handed its US distribution to V2 Wine Group with immediate effect.

V2 will also provide marketing and sales services under the agreement, the companies said yesterday (2 April). The family-owned Hedges, which owns Hedges, CMS and the HIP brands, produces wines from the Red Mountain appellation in Washington.

“We believe Hedges is the next big thing in Washington wines and holds tremendous untapped potential in the market,” said Dan Leese,  V2 Wine Group's president. 

V2 Wine Group now represents 11 wine brands in the North American marketplace. 

In September, the company agreed a sales and marketing deal with West Coast Wine Partners to handle US distribution of brands from West Coast's Sonoma-based Valley of the Moon and Lake Sonoma wineries.