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Accolade Wines

The wine multinational "Accolade Wines" headquartered in Old Reynella (suburb of Adelaide) in Australia is one of the world largest wine merchants, The origin of the company lies in 1853, in which Thomas Hardy (1830-1912) laid the foundation stone for the later Weinmulti (see there the exact history). The estate has been steadily expanded through the purchase of other wineries and wineries, and Hardy has become the largest Australian wine producer. In 1982 the winery Reynella was bought and the renovated winery building to the headquarters of Thomas Hardy & Sons . A much-noticed coup in 1990 was the purchase of the famous estate Ricasoli in the Italian Tuscany, The family business was merged in 1992 with the cooperatives Berri Estates and Renmano and founded the AG BRL Hardy . Ricasoli took his fate back into his own hands a year later. Finally in 2003 BRL Hardy became the US multi Constellation Brands incorporated and renamed Hardy Wine Company Limited .

In January 2011 Constellation Brands sold 80% of its subsidiaries "Constellation Wines Australia" and "Constellation Europe" to the Australian company CHAMP. The deal was estimated at around $ 290 million (€ 212 million). The package included all Hardy brands (Australia), Kumala and Fish Hoek (South Africa) and Echo Falls (USA) with wineries and vineyards, as well as a 50% stake in British wine merchant Matthew Clark (one of the UK's largest wholesaler of alcoholic beverages). It is worth mentioning that CHAMP is involved in a wide variety of industries such as food and agriculture, mining, media, transport, education, healthcare and financial services. In June 2011, the new Weinmulti was renamed to the prestigious name Accolade Wines (award, accolade).

The extensive estate now includes vineyards and wineries in the four Australian states of South Australia (including the three areas Coonawarra. McLaren Vale and Padthaway ), Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia, in the USA. New Zealand and in French Languedoc-Roussillon the Domaine de la Baume. Total vineyard area is around 3,200 hectares. More than 1,000 contract growers are also buying grapes. There are joint ventures with the two wineries Canepa in Chile and D'istinto in Sicily, This of course results in a wide range of production, especially in Australia.

Not all wine brands owned by Accolade Wines are stand-alone wineries. For example, there is no vineyard Reynella. John Reynell (1809-1873) was the owner of a historic winery where Thomas Hardy learned his trade. After him, the present-day suburb of Adelaide was named "Old Reynella", where the headquarters of Accolade Wines is located. The brands and wineries are Amberley, Atlas Peak, Babycham, Banrock Station, Bay of Fires, Berri Estates, Brookland Valley, Country Manor, Da Luca, Echo Falls, Fish Hoek, Flagstone, Ginger Joe, Goundrey, Geyser Peak, Gran Terra . Hardy's, Houghton, House of Arras, Jack Rabbit, Kumala, Leasingham, Le Portail des Coteaux, Moondah Brook, Omni, Stanley Wines, Stones, Stowells, Renmano, Reynella, Ta Ku, Tintara, Yarra Burn and XYZin. In addition, brands of Constellation Brands such. B. Inniskillin. Mondavi, Monkey Bay, Nobilo. Ravenswood and Turner Road, as well as from Wine Group as Paul Masson distributed.

In early 2012, a majority stake in the company "Shanghai CWC Wine Trading Company" was acquired, which had previously marketed as a cooperation partner exclusively the Accolade products in China. This is intended to serve the emerging Asian market. As the last deal to date, it was announced in late 2013 that prominent wine brands will be acquired from New Zealand. Candidates include Mud House (with the two sub-brands Haymaker and Skyleaf) and Waipara Hills Wines (2013).

Accolade Wines has quickly become a global wine company selling world's best known wine brands in over 80 countries across five continents. There are now branches in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and China. The company employs more than 1,800 people worldwide and is led by CEO Troy Christensen.

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