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 is 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 expanding through purchases of other wineries and wineries, and Hardy has become the largest Australian wine producer. In 1982, the winery Reynella was purchased 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 corporation BRL Hardy . Ricasoli took his fate back into his own hands a year later. Finally, in 2003, BRL Hardy became the US company 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 50% stake in British wine merchant Matthew Clark (major wholesaler of alcoholic beverages). It is worth mentioning that CHAMP is involved in a wide variety of industries such as food and agricultural industry, 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 property 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 United States, in New Zealand and in French Languedoc-Roussillon the Domaine de la Baume. The total vineyard area of all farms totals around 3,200 hectares. From more than 1,000 contract growers, additional grapes are purchased. 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 are independent wineries. So there are z. B. no winery Reynella. John Reynell (1809-1873) was the owner of a historic winery where Thomas Hardy learned his craft. After him, the 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 to serve the up-and-coming 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.