Low Country Imports and Grape Expectations Wine Imports have announced that they are to merge.

The merger, which will see the two US companies take the name Low Country Imports, will take effect from 1 August. Financial details behind the move were not disclosed.

The new company will create domestic and imported proprietary brands for national sales in the US, while representing imported winery brands from outside the country.

Low Country Imports was founded by David Stallings and Bess Lee for the importation and distribution of wine products in 2001 with a focus on proprietary brand creation in the US with emphasis on wines from Oregon and California. Brands include Dyed in the Wool, Zintry, Soiree, Vindelocks, Vin Dillon and Premonitions.

Grape Expectations Wine Imports was created in 1999 by Tina Williford and Mark Williford, for North Carolina wholesale distribution and national brand development and sales distribution of imported wine and spirits products from New Zealand, Australia, Spain, France, Italy, Argentina and Chile.

The administrative and warehousing operations will be based in Raleigh, North Carolina with Stallings, Williford and Lee as principals within the organisation.