Racke International the German drinks conglomerate is to launch a series of initiatives into the UK market.

Racke, which already has established subsidiaries in many European countries will now focus its attention on the UK market as part of its international strategy.

KWV International's UK subsidiary, Edward Cavendish & Sons (ECS) will be the sole distributor for Racke's Vitae wine brand, a Sangiovese from Tuscany.

Gary Proctor, managing director of ECS said he believes the strategic alliance with the Racke Group is a natural fit for both companies future development of branded wines.