The wine multinational "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 lies in 1853, when Thomas Hardy (1830-1912) laid the foundation for the later wine multinational (see there for the exact history). The property was constantly expanded through the purchase of other wineries and vineyards and Hardy became the largest Australian wine producer. In 1982, the Reynella winery was purchased and the renovated winery building became the headquarters of Thomas Hardy & Sons. A much-publicised coup was the purchase of the famous Ricasoli estate in Tuscany, Italy, in 1990. The family business was merged with the Berri Estates and Renmano co-operatives in 1992 to form the limited company BRL Hardy. Ricasoli, however, took his fate back into his own hands a year later. Finally, in 2003, BRL Hardy was incorporated into the US company Constellation Brands and renamed Hardy Wine Company Limited..
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