Smidge Wines and Santé Partner For Victoria and Tasmania Distribution

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A noted wine distributor and winemaker team up to bring Smidge Wines to new markets in Victoria and Tasmania.

The packaging, pedigree and pricing ticks all the right boxes and we're really excited to be presenting Matt's wines to the Victorian and Tasmanian markets.

Smidge Wines has signed with noted Australian wine distributor Santé to bring Smidge’s selections to a wider audience in Victoria and Tasmania.

Todd Lichti, Santé Wines Managing Director, said of the partnership, "We are pleased Matt and Trish asked us to consider Smidge Wines for our portfolio. Matt's consistent success at Two Hands was certainly of great interest to us, but as they say, 'the proof is in the pudding'; my team and I tried the wines and all agreed they were beautifully crafted. The packaging, pedigree and pricing ticks all the right boxes and we're really excited to be presenting Matt's wines to the Victorian and Tasmanian markets."

Through its new partnership with Santé, Smidge will offer their full range of wines from their attractively priced Houdini range through to the iconic Magic Dirt from Barossa Valley.

Matt Wenk, Smidge’s winemaker and owner, said, "Santé represents a golden opportunity for us. Their portfolio is second to none, and it is a privilege to be in such great company. Sante’s reach is impressive, extending our distribution in Victoria and entering Tasmania for the first time is an important step for our brand.”

The distribution agreement between Smidge Wines and Santé is effective immediately.

More Information about Santé

Santé Wines, based in Melbourne, Australia, distributes premium wines, naturally brewed apple and pear ciders and a new craft beer at wholesale cost to licensed businesses in the states of Victoria and Tasmania.

The firm’s wines regularly receive some of the highest accolades from the world’s most respected wine critics. Sixty percent of Santé’s Australian wineries received 5 star ratings in James Halliday’s 2015 edition of the Australian Wine Companion.

The Company was established in 2012 under the former umbrella company, JHL Wine, which was established in 2004. Santé is independently owned by Managing Director and former professional basketball player, Todd Lichti.

More info about Smidge Wines and Matt Wenk

Australia's most well known wine publication - James Halliday's 2015 Australian Wine Companion - has awarded Smidge Wines a 5 Star Winery Rating, with some highlights including 96 Points for Smidge’s 2010 Barossa Valley 'S', 94 Points for its 2012 Adamo, and 94 Points for its 2013 Pedra Branca Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc.

Matt Wenk has become recognised as one of Australia’s foremost winemaking talents. He came to prominence as the chief winemaker at Two Hands Wines. Over the past dozen years, Wenk has gone on to become internationally celebrated in winemaking, with a globally-unmatched achievement of 10 consecutive spots in Wine Spectator’s top 100, including five positions in the top 11 and a number two position. He has had more than 300 wines rating greater than 90 points in esteemed publications such as the Wine Advocate, International Wine Cellar, Wine Spectator and Halliday’s Wine Companion.

Since July 2013, Matt has focussed on his label, Smidge Wines, (http://smidgewines.com) where he creates original, small batch, barrel-selected wines. "I think we just row our own boat, really. We never want to emulate anyone else, or do what they're doing. We have our own philosophies," Wenk said.

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