Allied Domecq Wines USA has officially taken over the import rights to New Zealand's top wine producer, Montana Wines, and has begun selling its Brancott Vineyards portfolio in the United States.

Allied Domecq acquired Montana Wines after prevailing in a lengthy battle with brewer Lion Nathan over control of the company last year.  Montana Wines exports primarily to Australia, United States and the United Kingdom.

Founded in 1934, Montana Wines has grown to become the largest wine company in New Zealand, farming more than 6,000 acres of estate vineyards located in two of the three premier wine grape regions in that country.

Montana Wines are sold under the Brancott Vineyards label in the United
States, including a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Marlborough and Gisborne regions.

There is a Merlot from grapes grown in the South Island region of Marlborough.