Garage Wine Company joins Freixenet Copestick

Chilean wine shop Garage Wine Co. has a distribution deal with UK supplier Freixenet Copestick that covers retail and online via Jascots and Slurp.

The Freixenet Copestick sales team will also sell Garage Wine Co.’s small batches of Garnacha, Monastrell, Pais/Cinsault, Sémillon and Cabernet Franc to independent merchants in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

As part of the deal, Freixenet Copestick will bring some vintages of the Garage Wine Co. releases, as well as unreleased small-plot wines.

Based in the Maule Valley, Garage Wine Co has long championed dry-grown, small-scale, old-vine bush wines from Maule and Itata, with an emphasis on Carignan.

As the name suggests, the company was founded 20 years ago in a garage by husband and wife team Derek Mossman Knapp and Pilar Miranda.

“When I met Derek and tasted the wines, I knew they would be a perfect fit for our growing organization. They are a game changer. We were already doing too much business in Chile and these wines were so unique I could feel the ‘opportunity.

“They will complement the wines we already ship from Chile and expand the category with old South American vines. I have been impressed with the way Derek and Pilar do business,” said Freixenet Copestick Managing Director Robin Copestick.

“Not only do they make wine sustainably, but they support local farmers and communities. They seek to create excellence rather than short-term gains,” he added.

Derek Mossman-Knapp said of the deal: “We weren’t looking to change distributors, we’ve spent the last few years getting closer to agriculture, but when I met Robin in Chile he talked of what Freixenet Copestick is. until the UK, I was full of energy.

“I know how the online wine trade brings suppliers closer to customers and how fast it is growing. This is a great opportunity to get involved with Slurp. And Jascots will allow us to focus on retail where we have been strong in the past.

“The Freixenet Copestick sales team will find us more opportunities with the indies. There will soon be some exciting news about a project we started in times of Covid and with Freixenet Copestick we will take this to new heights.

Freixenet Copestick supplies wines across the UK off and on site with a strong portfolio of brands. The company owns online retailer Slurp and commerce provider Jascots.

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