Amathus Drinks has added the Bierzo winery, Bodega del Abad, to its portfolio.

Bodega del Abad was founded in 2000 and it has a high-tech winery as well as 35 hectares of vines split between the red Mencia grape and the white Godello.

The majority of the vineyards are at high altitude and some are more than 100 years old.

The Bierzo region of Northwest Spain is experiencing a “surge of popularity” according to Amathus, with consumers showing increased interest in the combination of ripe yet fresh, elegant mineral wines, which are also said to pair well with food.

The region boasts a unique microclimate, a blend of both Altlanctic and Mediterranean continental climates, while the steep slate-soiled hillsides help with the production of high quality grapes.

The producer is one of many newcomers to Amathus’ portfolio over the last 12 months.

Last year started with the addition of Champagne house Duval-Leroy, organic estates Petit Roubie and Chateau La Liquire from the Languedoc and also Mas Cristine and Champ des Soeurs from the Roussillon.

Other additions include Prosecco producer 8cento and from the Northern Rhone Roland Grangier in St-Joseph and Condrieu, plus the organic Laurent Habrard in Crozes-Hermitage. Greek producer Avantis Estate further increased the diversity of the portfolio, as did Addendum Napa Cabernets from the team behind Fess Parker. A range of petit chateau Bordeaux from across the region has also added depth to the range.

Amathus has confirmed it will announce further new listings soon, including those from Spain, South Africa France and Japan. It said the rest of 2019 will also promise a similar wave of new agencies from across the globe as it strives to build a wine range to match its wide-ranging spirits selection.

Amathus head of wine, Jeremy Lithgow MW, said: “What Amathus is building is truly exciting; the route to market established by our diverse spirits agencies alongside our ability to offer a comprehensive wholesale package has given us the foundation to build a wine business with the ability to compete against the more established players in the market.

“Not only are we looking to provide a range of great value every day essentials, but also to offer a diverse range of wines at all levels from quality-driven estates delivering real excitement from all corners of the globe.”