McGuigan Simeon has acquired a bottling and warehousing operation from Foster's wine division, Beringer Blass Wine Estates, for an undisclosed sum.

The facility is based in Merbein near Mildura in Victoria and includes a winery with storage in excess of 17m litres of bulk wine and 15,000 tonnes annual crush capability.

The capacity of the bottling operations is in excess of 4m 9-litre cases per annum.

In addition, MGW said it had sealed a deal to acquire a 98ha vineyard at Whitton in New South Wales' Riverina region from Beringer and completed negotiations for some other wine supply and contract processing services to be supplied to Beringer.

MGW managing director Brian McGuigan said: "The location of this facility within 10km of our major winery and near our 90,000 tonne winery at Loxton makes it absolutely ideal. We will use the next 18 months to make the necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth transition of operations from Beringer to ourselves next year."

A statement from the company added that the acquisition consolidated MGW's export production and packaging operations around the inland port of Mildara.

"Its proximity to our major wineries will bring significant operational efficiency gains and transport savings," the statement said.