Vincor is consolidating its Australian wine operations, following its acquisition of Amberley Estate earlier this year.

The company is looking to consolidate its sale force in the country. Vincor currently has two sales groups, one for Goundrey and another for Amberley Estate. It is now planning to create one direct team of about 28 people to service the entire country.

The newly-merged sales force is already operational in New South Wales, and should be up and running in Victoria next month.

Vincor completed the acquisition of Amberley Estate last month. The purchase price comprised of a cash payment of A$24.8m for the winery's shares and the assumption by Vincor of approximately A$10.4m of debt.

Vincor acquired Goundrey Wines in November 2002.