Maisons Marques & Domaines USA has announced plans to exclusively distribute Marques de Murrieta and Galicia's Pazo Barantes wines from the Rioja region across the US.

The US subsidiary of Champagne Louis Roederer said on Friday (16 November) that it has partnered with the Spanish company, led by the Count of Creixell, V. Dalmau Cebrian-Sagarriga Suarez-Llanos, following the Rioja producer's recent EUR30m (US$50m)  renovation.

Dalmau said: "I am delighted to partner with MMD and the Rouzaud family (owners of Champagne Louis Roederer) because we share the same philosophy based on four main fundamentals: family-owned company - large vineyard ownership - blending of tradition and modernity and distinctive style of wines."

Maisons Marques & Domaines president Gregory Balogh added: "Spain has many prestigious wine estates, especially from Rioja. Marques de Murrieta produces outstanding wines from the region and is a natural complement to the rest of our portfolio. We are delighted to welcome Marques de Murrieta and Pazo Barantes to our family of wines."

MMD, which was originally set up as the marketing company for Champagne Louis Roederer and Roederer Estate, also represents French properties such as Champagne Deutz and Domaines Ott as well as a selection of Bordeaux wines from Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix.

The company's portfolio includes Christian Moueix's Dominus Estate; Scharffenberger Cellars, the South African properties of Meerlust, Le Bonheur and Fleur du Cap, Portugal's Adriano Ramos Pinto, and Italy's Pio Cesare and Querciabella.

The distribution deal takes effect from January.