Ste Michelle Wine Estates has bought the Washington-based O Wines brand with plans to release it nationally.

Ste Michelle, also based in Washington state, hopes to add a red wine to O Wines' existing Chardonnay portfolio, the company announced yesterday (11 September).

“We have admired O Wines for a number of years and how they have helped young people attend college,” president & CEO of Ste Michelle Ted Baseler said. “The brand’s mission is well-matched with our culture of supporting the community and student scholarships so this brand is a natural fit for us.”

O Wines sells its Chardonnay in the Northwest and several West Coast markets in the US, Ste Michelle said.

In July, Ste Michelle signed a deal with Southern Wine & Spirits of America to distribute its wines in Minnesota.