Pernod Ricard said it will focus on its "key wine brands"

Pernod Ricard said it will focus on its "key wine brands"

Pernod Ricard is to close its Morris Winery in Australia before the end of the year.

The company said the decision to shutter the fortified winemaker in Rutherglen will allow it to focus on its "key wine brands". Seven permanent and seven casual roles will be affected by the closure, a Pernod spokesperson told just-drinks.

"To achieve Pernod Ricard Winemakers' growth ambitions, we have reviewed our operations business structure," the company said. "Regrettably... we have made the difficult decision to close our Morris Winery and vineyard before the end of 2016."

Australian media reported last week that Pernod will retain the Morris wine brand and put the winery's assets up for sale, including the buildings, vineyards and wine stock. However, Pernod's spokesperson said today the company is "open to offers" for the Morris brand.

Morris Winery was founded in 1859 and has been run by five generations of winemakers, according to the company's website. It produces a range of still, sparkling and fortified wines.

Morris Winery is controlled by Pernod's Winemakers unit, which yesterday announced the appointment of a new CFO. Julien Proglio will take over from Ludovic Ledru on 1 July.

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