Stratford's Wine Agencies

13 July, 2007

High Street, Cookham

Berkshire, SL6 9SQ

T: 01628 810606



Established: 1975

Turnover: £11 million

Marketing and promotional spend 2007-8: £1 million

Brands: Tortoishell Bay, Wakefield, Pirie Tasmania (Australia), Anakena (Chile), Paul Mas/Arrogant Frog/La Forge (France)

Off-trade split: 60 per cent

Europe/New World split: 20/80

Key personnel: Paul Stratford, managing director; Bob Bailey, sales director; Louise Hill, marketing manager

New World specialist Stratford's has signed its first Spanish winery , Somontano's Bodegas Olvena. It has added premium wines to its portfolio

and taken on two new sales staff. Riverina-based Yellow Tail has switched distribution to Off Piste Wines.

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