Endeavour Group, the Australian drinks retailing and hospitality group, has snapped up a winery in the McLaren Vale winemaking region in the south of the country.

Shingleback Wine has joined the Endeavour Group wine portfolio for an undisclosed sum.

Paul Walton, the director of Endeavour Group’s Pinnacle Drinks arm, said the deal was part of the business’ strategy to grow its “premium” wine business.

He added: “Shingleback Wine has been producing beautifully rich and full-flavoured wines for 25 years.”

Shingleback Wine, founded in 1997 by brothers Kym and John Davey, will become the latest asset in Endeavour Group’s Paragon Wine Estates arm.

Paragon Wine Estates already owns Chapel Hill, another McLaren Vale winery. It also has wineries in Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Tasmania and Yarra Valley, as well as across the Tasman in New Zealand.

The latest acquisition includes the Shingleback Wine brand portfolio, a long-term lease of the McLaren Vale cellar door and an ongoing grape supply agreement.

In a joint statement, the Davey brothers said: “As a long-term, proud supplier to Endeavour Group, we know that the Shingleback family of wines has a bright future as part of Paragon Wine Estates.”

Elsewhere in the Australian wine sector, Accolade Wines has announced it has sold its Nannup winery in Australia to local peer Fogarty Wine Group for an undisclosed sum.

Last month, figures released by trade association Wine Australia showed annual exports of Australian wine dropped by 19% in value and by 10% in volume amid falling sales in China and Europe.

In the year to 30 June, the value of shipments stood at AUD2.08bn (US$1.46bn), with volumes at 625 million litres, according to figures from trade association Wine Australia.

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