Maritime Wine Trading Collective (MWTC), a San Francisco-based wine import, production and distribution company, has partnered with wine distributor Henry Wine Group (HWG) of California to make its products available throughout California.

Effective immediately, the HWG will serve as sole distributor of MWTC’s entire portfolio of imported and domestic wines in California.

Established by co-founders Chris Nickolopoulos and Elijah Pfister in 2009, MWTC has portfolio of wines from diverse destinations such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, South Africa, New Zealand, Sicily and Canada, and also small production sub-appellation offerings from California and Oregon.

Nickolopoulos was quoted by as saying that being in relationship with HWG for the last five years, the company’s brands have a solid base of business in California.

"Now we are formalizing that relationship into a partnership as a natural evolution of our shared vision and business goals," Nickolopoulos added.

"All of the Maritime brands will benefit from this increased focus and collaboration."

HWG CEO Ed Hogan said, "Our efforts behind the Maritime portfolio of wines, such as Graham Beck of South Africa and Jules Taylor of New Zealand, and more recently the Nine North brands, have built a solid platform for growth going forward, and we anticipate much continued success together."

MWTC’s portfolio of wines include Graham Beck Wines, Steenberg and HMS from South Africa; Jules Taylor wines from New Zealand; Louis Sipp and Domaine Riefle from France; La Piuma, Poderi Dal Nespoli and Baglio Del Cristo Di Campobello from Italy; Mont-Ferrant from Spain; Quinta Nova from Portugal; and Nine North Wine and Ministry of the Vinterior from the US.