The winery is located in the McLaren Vale (South Australia) in Australia, It was founded by England-born Thomas Hardy (1830-1912) in 1853. Previously, this three years had worked at the vineyard Reynella and had also tried as a gold digger and drover. Hardy used the earned money to buy a 46-acre property on the banks of the River Torrens near Adelaide, calling it Bankside. A year later, the modest start was made with the planting of 0.8 hectares of oranges and 0.3 hectares of shiraz vines. In 1857 the first wine was produced and in 1859 two large barrels of wine were sold to England. Hardy became one of the first exporters of Australian wine. The purchase of Tintara Winery in 1876 laid the foundation for larger-scale wine production. Today one of the wine lines bears this name (see below). The first awards were given at the International Wine Fair in Bordeaux in 1882 and in Paris in 1889. By the end of the 19th century, Thomas Hardy & Sons expanded through constant growth or acquisition to the most important Australian wine producers. Due to his great merit, Thomas Hardy was referred to as the "Father of the South Australian Wine Industry."
The winery is now run in its fifth generation by William "Bill" Hardy (* 1950), the great-great-grandson of the founder. The vineyards cover 320 hectares of vineyards, with the red wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz ( Syrah ) Pinot Noir, Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ) and Merlot, as well as with the white wine varieties Chardonnay. Riesling. Sauvignon Blanc. Sémillon. Pinot gris and Gewurztraminer are planted. The product range includes 14 brands / lines, many are named after members of the Hardy family. The line "Thomas Hardy" is a tribute to the legendary company founder with a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. The line "Eileen Hardy" is dedicated to the wife of Tom Hardy Mayfield (3rd generation), who had been killed in a plane crash in 1938 and who had run the company for a long time. It consists of three varietals namely, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir. And with "Sir James" James Hardy (* 1932, 4th generation) is honored, which was knighted by Queen Elizabeth with the "Order of the British Empire". 70 different red, white, rosé, sparkling and fortified wines are produced in Port wine style. By buying some 25 wineries and wineries Hardy developed into a multi "Hardy Wine Company". This was in 2003 owned by Constellation Brands and finally in 2011 of Accolade Wines,