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Venerable Spanish Producer CVNE Joins Maritime Wine Trading Collective's Portfolio

July 07, 2015

San Francisco, July 7, 2015. In an agreement struck on July 1st, Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE) entrusted California distribution of their Cune, Vina Real, Monople, Imperial and Contino wines to Maritime Wine Trading Collective. Founded in 1879 in Haro, La Rioja, Spain, CVNE wines are produced by the direct descendants of the Real de Asua family.

Maritime CEO, Chris Nickolopoulos, states: “The addition of the impressive CVNE family of iconic Rioja wines to the Maritime portfolio is consistent with our ideology of bringing a distinctive selection of independent family owned wine estates and brands to the California market. All of our producers have authentic legacies and commitment to crafting wines which define their regions through embracing tradition while expressing innovation.”

“Our choice to partner with Maritime in the critically important market of California is reflective of our commitment to representing the region of Rioja and the country of Spain in the world's top wine consuming market. We’ve assembled a network of partners whose fundamental approach to market are consistent with CVNE's, and respectful of the heritage of the CVNE family of wines and those of the Rioja region,” adds Joan Pujols, International business director of CVNE and Europvin.

About Maritime Wine Trading Collective

Founded in 2009 by Chris Nickolopoulos and Elijah Pfister, the company has a diverse portfolio of wines from Argentina, France, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Turkey as well as small production, sub-appellation offerings from California and Washington. Maritime is a Bacchus Capital Management portfolio company. For more information, visit

About Bacchus Capital Management

Bacchus Capital Management is an investment firm providing strategic capital and making equity investments in United States wineries and wine businesses. Current Bacchus portfolio companies are DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, Maritime Wine Trading Collective, Panther Creek Cellars, Sbragia Family Vineyards, Dobbes Family Estate / Wine by Joe. Prior Bacchus portfolio companies are Andretti Winery, Cameron Hughes Wine, and Qupé. For more information, visit

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