Amathus Drinks has announced “significant expansion” of its agency portfolio of Italian wineries.

In the last few months, a number of producers have joined Amathus’ growing Italian line-up, including Friuli winery Schiopetto, widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent Italian white wine producers, as well as long-standing Alto Adige winery Abbazia di Novacella. Both producers are regular winners of the coveted Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri award. Another addition is Soave winemaker, Sandro de Bruno.

Amathus Head of Wine, Jeremy Lithgow MW, said: “We’re building on our wine portfolio’s firm foundations of the last few years, by adding wineries from around the world who we feel rank amongst the best in class for their respective regions. It really doesn’t get any better than Schiopetto, who have been flying the flag for Friuli for decades.

“Likewise Abbazia di Novacella, whose immaculate range of local varieties from the Valle d’Isarco gives us fantastic wines and great diversity. We’re also thrilled with the success of Sandro de Bruno’s Soaves and his volcanic take on Pinot Nero. It’s mystery to me that his brilliant wines are not better known, and we’ll be doing our best to change that.”.

These additions continue Amathus’ programme of expanding its wine offering, with 150 agency producers and more than 750 wines now available. A wide range of other new agencies from countries including New Zealand, France and Spain will be announced soon.

The company said this programme of activity reflects the growth ambitions of the business in both its distribution arm, to the speciality on and off trade, and to consumers through its growing retail store base and new website.