Mateus Rosé has been handled by First Drinks since 2000

Mateus Rosé has been handled by First Drinks since 2000

Stevens Garnier is to take over UK distribution of Sogrape Vinhos' Mateus Rosé, ending First Drinks Brands' 13-year partnership with the Portuguese wine brand.

The Oxford-based distributor, which was acquired by Sogrape Vinhos in 2011, will handle Mateus Rosé from 1 October, it was announced yesterday (2 September). Sogrape president, Salvador Guedes, called the transfer a “natural step”, but it is not immediately clear why Sogrape Vinhos has made the switch.

Nobody from the company was available for comment. 

First Drinks, which has distributed the brand since 2000, said it will work to ensure the change is “a smooth and seamless exercise”.

Sogrape Vinhos last year celebrated Mateus Rosé's 70th birthday with only its second bottle redesign since its launch.