The wine giant "Accolade Wines" with headquarters in Old Reynella (suburb of Adelaide) in Australia is one of the world's largest wine trading companies, The origin of the company is in 1853, in the Thomas Hardy (1830-1912) laid the foundation stone for the later wine multi (see the exact history there). Ownership was continuously expanded through the purchase of other wineries and wineries, and Hardy became the largest Australian wine producer. In 1982 the Reynella winery was bought and the renovated cellar building became the headquarters of Thomas Hardy & Sons . A popular coup in 1990 was the purchase of the famous estate Ricasoli in the Italian Tuscany, The family business was merged with the Berri Estates and Renmano cooperatives in 1992 and the BRL Hardy joint-stock company was founded. Ricasoli took his skills 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 AU $ 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 the British wine company Matthew Clark (major wholesaler of alcoholic beverages). It is worth mentioning that CHAMP is involved in a wide variety of industries such as the food and agricultural industry, mining, media, transport, education, health care and financial services, etc. In June 2011 the new multinational wine was renamed Accolade Wines (award, accolade).
The extensive holdings now include 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 vine area of all farms amounts to around 3,200 hectares. Grapes are also purchased from over 1,000 contract winemakers. There are joint ventures with the two Canepa wineries in Chile and D'istinto in Sicily, This naturally results in a wide range of products, particularly in Australia.
Not all wine brands are independent wineries. So there are z. B. no Reynella winery. John Reynell (1809-1873) was the owner of a historically important winery, where Thomas Hardy also learned his trade. The suburb of Adelaide was named "Old Reynella" after him, 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 from Constellation Brands such as B. Inniskillin. Mondavi Monkey bay Nobilo. Ravenswood and Turner Road, as well as from Wine Group how Paul Masson distributed.
At the beginning of 2012, a majority stake in the company "Shanghai CWC Wine Trading Company" was acquired, which had previously exclusively marketed Accolade products in China as a cooperation partner. The aim is to serve the emerging Asian market. The last deal to date was announced at the end of 2013 that prominent wine brands from New Zealand should be taken over. Candidates include Mud House (with the two sub-brands Haymaker and Skyleaf) and Waipara Hills Wines (as of 2013). Accolade Wines has quickly become a global wine company selling world-famous wine brands in over 80 countries worldwide on all five continents. There are now offices in the UK, Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and China. The company employs over 1,800 people worldwide and is headed by CEO Troy Christensen.