LAS VEGAS, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WSWA 2012 -- Marquee Selections, a privately held wine importer based in Kansas City, MO that represents a global portfolio of wineries focused on producing OUTSTANDING wines using green, organic, biodynamic and sustainable winemaking practices, announced today that it will be the new United States importer for the critically acclaimed South African wine producer, Backsberg Estate Wines, effective April 1, 2012.
"We are honored to represent the Backsberg wines in the U.S. and look forward to working with the Back family for years to come," said Christopher Cribb, Managing Director, Marquee Selections. "They truly are one of the best producers in South Africa—and the world—and their wines will be a wonderful addition to our portfolio, which includes other top winemaking families from around the world that share the same dedication to the environment."
"Backsberg is thrilled to be represented by Marquee Selections in the USA," stated Michael Back, owner, Backsberg Estate Wines. "Backsberg and Marquee both share a passion for sustainable farming. Coupled with this passion for green agriculture and programs that give back to the local community, Backsberg is determined to continue producing excellent, characterful wines that deliver consistent value."
Backsberg's family history in South Africa starts back at the beginning of the last century when the first "Mr. Back," Michael's grandfather arrived at the shores of Cape Town as a penniless political and religious refugee from Lithuania. Upon his shoulders a three generation wine tradition was born in Paarl, South Africa that now includes Simon Back, Michael's son as a partner growing the family business.
From delicious Chenin Blanc to lively Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Merlot and Shiraz – Backsberg has been winning awards from Wine Spectator and other prestigious competitions for decades. Backsberg is proud to be a pioneer in South Africa as a Carbon Neutral Winery and finds niche products and ways to give back to the environment, one grape at a time.
The launch of Backsberg in the USA with Marquee Selections includes traditional premium wines from Backsberg, a line of Kosher wines, Muvushal for Passover and the first PET plastic bottle products that are 100% Recyclable, the Tread Lightly line of wines.