Australian wine company d'Arenberg, based in McLaren Vale, has bought spirits company Settlers Spirits, as announced by d'Arenberg. Settlers Spirits' portfolio includes the mixed drinks brand Oceans Spirit, with which d'Arenberg is expanding its range to include the fast-growing RTD segment.
Settlers Spirits was founded in 2018 by Rowland and Shelley Short. The company specialises in aromatized gins and also produces a range of whiskey, rum, vodka and flavoured liqueurs.
Commenting on the sale Rowland said, "I couldn't be happier to see d'Arenberg as custodians of Settlers Spirits and to see ownership remain within the McLaren Vale wine region".
d'Arenberg Chief Winemaker Chester Osborn says that despite the purchase, there are currently no plans for significant changes in the company. "I'm a fan of the diversity and craftsmanship of Rowland's gins and spirits. The methodical and detailed blending methods represent a philosophical alignment to what we do here at d'Arenberg." Chester continues, "Rowland has some exciting ideas around product development, and we are excited to work together to bring those ideas to fruition which can only be a great thing for fans of Settlers Spirits". ed