With a proud heritage running all the way back to some of the first wineries established in Australia, history runs deep at Accolade Wines.

From our roots in Australia’s top wine-producing regions, we have evolved into a global premium wine and spirits company, with an extraordinary collection of some of the world’s most recognisable and loved brands, each with their own story to tell.

The Houghton property is established in Western Australia’s Swan Valley. In 1937 the estate became known nationwide when winemaker, Jack Mann, created Houghton White Burgundy.

1836
Black and white photograph of wine barrels being loaded on to a horse driven cart by two men
1836

1836

The Houghton property is established in Western Australia’s Swan Valley. In 1937 the estate became known nationwide when winemaker, Jack Mann, created Houghton White Burgundy.

1838

John Reynell, the founder of Reynella Wines, and future employer of Thomas Hardy, arrives in Adelaide.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of a period home with six people standing outside
1838

1838

John Reynell, the founder of Reynella Wines, and future employer of Thomas Hardy, arrives in Adelaide.

Black and white photograph of wine estate with barrels and workers outside

After working hard in his first years in Adelaide, including with the Reynell family, Thomas was finally able to buy land of his own on the banks of the River Torrens, where Hardy Wines was born.

1853

The legacy of Hardys, one of the world’s best-loved wine brands begins. Thomas Hardy establishes Thomas Hardy & Sons near Adelaide in South Australia.

Black and white photograph of wine estate with barrels and workers outside
1853

1853

The legacy of Hardys, one of the world’s best-loved wine brands begins. Thomas Hardy establishes Thomas Hardy & Sons near Adelaide in South Australia.

1857

Thomas Hardys’ first vintage makes history by being the first significant quantity of wine – 63 gallons, or 286 litres – shipped to the UK from Australia.

Black and white photograph of large sailing ship
1857

1857

Thomas Hardys’ first vintage makes history by being the first significant quantity of wine – 63 gallons, or 286 litres – shipped to the UK from Australia.

The property that would become Katnook Estate is first established in Coonawarra in South Australia. Today it is one of the oldest existing wineries on the famous terra rossa soil.

1867
Black and white aerial photograph of Katnook Estate vineyard
1867

1867

The property that would become Katnook Estate is first established in Coonawarra in South Australia. Today it is one of the oldest existing wineries on the famous terra rossa soil.

Stanley Wines begins production, commencing a long and successful journey that we continue to this day as one the best-selling soft pack brands in Australia.

1893
Workers pose on and in front of barrels loaded on to a train
Workers pose on and in front of barrels loaded on to a train
1893

1893

Stanley Wines begins production, commencing a long and successful journey that we continue to this day as one the best-selling soft pack brands in Australia.

Berri Estates, now Australia’s best-selling brand by volume and the largest grape processor in the Southern Hemisphere, is established.

1922
Black and white photograph of the exterior of Berri Estates wine factory
1922

1922

Berri Estates, now Australia’s best-selling brand by volume and the largest grape processor in the Southern Hemisphere, is established.

1944

Following a legacy of fortified winemaking by the Lindner family that began in a shed 1838, the St Hallett winery is established in 1944. It has been owned or part-owned by a member of the family ever since.

St Hallett silver plaque on a brick wall
1944

1944

Following a legacy of fortified winemaking by the Lindner family that began in a shed 1838, the St Hallett winery is established in 1944. It has been owned or part-owned by a member of the family ever since.

Aerial view of Petaluma vineyards on a sunny day

After working hard in his first years in Adelaide, including with the Reynell family, Thomas was finally able to buy land of his own on the banks of the River Torrens, where Hardy Wines was born.

1976

Petaluma is founded by Australian winemaking icon, Brian Croser, with the objective to produce ultra-premium wines by carefully selecting the best sites within a particular Australian region, suited to a chosen variety.

Aerial view of Petaluma vineyards on a sunny day
1976

1976

Petaluma is founded by Australian winemaking icon, Brian Croser, with the objective to produce ultra-premium wines by carefully selecting the best sites within a particular Australian region, suited to a chosen variety.

1988

Grant Burge Wines is established, the culmination of the Burge winemaking endeavour that began in the Barossa in 1865.

View of the Grant Burge cellar door building at sunset
1988

1988

Grant Burge Wines is established, the culmination of the Burge winemaking endeavour that began in the Barossa in 1865.

Thomas Hardy & Sons merges with Berri Renmano Limited to become BRL Hardy Limited.

1992
Yellow wine tanks labelled with Berri Estates in red cursive writing
1992

1992

Thomas Hardy & Sons merges with Berri Renmano Limited to become BRL Hardy Limited.

House of Arras was founded in 1995 and has cemented its reputation as Australia’s most-awarded sparkling wine producer.

1995
four bottles of house of arras win sitting on a stone table in front of the sea
four bottles of house of arras win sitting on a stone table in front of the sea
1995

1995

House of Arras was founded in 1995, beginning the legacy of Australia’s most-awarded sparkling wine producer.

One of our leading South African wine brands, Flagstone Wines, begins operation in the Cape Town Harbour, becoming South Africa’s first winery without its own estate.

1998
Aerial view of large building with Flagstone written along the side
1998

1998

One of our leading South African wine brands, Flagstone Wines, begins operation in the Cape Town Harbour, becoming South Africa’s first winery without its own estate.

2002

The Banrock Station Wetland Complex is listed as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

Aerial view of Banrock Station
2002

2002

The Banrock Station Wetland Complex is listed as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

Front view of a brick building with the words Established by John Reynell 1838

After working hard in his first years in Adelaide, including with the Reynell family, Thomas was finally able to buy land of his own on the banks of the River Torrens, where Hardy Wines was born.

2003

Constellation Brands acquires BRL Hardy Limited, creating the world’s largest wine business.

Front view of a brick building with the words Established by John Reynell 1838
2003

2003

Constellation Brands acquires BRL Hardy Limited, creating the world’s largest wine business.

Echo Falls, the UK’s number one fruit fusion and flavoured wine brand, and 10th best-selling global wine brand, is established.

2009

Constellation Brands invests in a state-of-the-art UK bottling facility in Bristol, now named The Park.

Aerial photograph of manufacturing centre with large windmill
2009

2009

Constellation Brands invests in a state-of-the-art UK bottling facility in Bristol, now named The Park.

Accolade Wines is born as CHAMP acquires and renames Constellation Wines’ UK and Australian divisions.

2011
Front view of a modern, grey office building with the Accolade Wines logo on the front
2011

2011

Accolade Wines is born as CHAMP acquires and renames Constellation Wines’ UK and Australian divisions.

The acquisition of Mud House in New Zealand adds an adventurous spirit and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to our portfolio.

2014
Looking down a row of vines towards a white building with green mountains in the background
Looking down a row of vines towards a white building with green mountains in the background
2014

2014

The acquisition of Mud House in New Zealand adds an adventurous spirit and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to our portfolio.

Hardys is named the ‘Most Powerful Australian Wine Brand in the World’ and ‘Second Most Powerful Wine Brand Overall’ in the Power 100.

Accolade Wines acquires Anakena, expanding the brand to become a ‘Top 5 Chilean Brand’ in the UK, just three weeks after launching in this market.

2016
Product shot of an Anakena red wine bottle with red and gold label on the front
2016

2016

Accolade Wines acquires Anakena, expanding the brand to become a ‘Top 5 Chilean Brand’ in the UK, just three weeks after launching in this market.

2017

The acquisition of Lion Nathan’s Fine Wine Partners portfolio adds Petaluma, St Hallett and Tatachilla to the Accolade Wines portfolio.

Overhead view of a picnic with food and two wine bottles in a tin bucket filled with ice
2017

2017

The acquisition of Lion Nathan’s Fine Wine Partners portfolio adds Petaluma, St Hallett and Stonier to the Accolade Wines portfolio.

Jam Shed, now the 7th largest Australian wine brand, and one of the fastest growing brands in the UK launches.

Sliding glass door in an office building with the House of Arras logo on the front

After working hard in his first years in Adelaide, including with the Reynell family, Thomas was finally able to buy land of his own on the banks of the River Torrens, where Hardy Wines was born.

2018

The Carlyle Group acquires Accolade Wines, and sets an ambitious growth agenda for the company.

Sliding glass door in an office building with the House of Arras logo on the front
2018

2018

The Carlyle Group acquires Accolade Wines, and sets an ambitious growth agenda for the company.

2020

Accolade Wines acquires Katnook Estate, marking the first acquisition under the new leadership team.

Aerial view of a vineyard as the sun is setting
2020

2020

Accolade Wines acquires Katnook Estate, marking the first acquisition under the new leadership team.

Accolade Wines invests further in the Barossa Valley, acquiring premium brand Rolf Binder. In the same year, Lambrini, the UK’s top-selling perry brand joins the expanding portfolio.

2021
Front view of the Rolf Binder cellar door with a man and woman walking up to its wooden door
2021

2021

Accolade Wines invests further in the Barossa Valley, acquiring premium brand Rolf Binder. In the same year, Lambrini, the UK’s top-selling perry brand joins the expanding portfolio.

Accolade pioneers first-to-market de-alcoholisation technology with Hardys Zero, and a more circular future with the launch of Wise Wolf by Banrock Station.

2022
2022

2022

Accolade pioneers first-to-market de-alcoholisation technology with Hardys Zero and &Then, and a more circular future with the launch of Wise Wolf by Banrock Station.

In order to exceed the needs of our Customers and Consumers, we continue to evolve and grow. We search for the best wines from the best wine regions around the world to bring to people everywhere. Connoisseur or novice, we want to make your experience with wine extraordinary.

Our Brands

Our extraordinary collection of 50+ brands from the world’s greatest new-world wine regions, and sourcing from the best-known old and new world regions.

Our Global Business

Headquartered in Australia, we have operations in every continent, delivering quality wine to 130 countries around the world.