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Company Chronology


1850Thomas Hardy, aged 20, sailed from the English port of Plymouth for the colony of South Australia and commenced work at Chateau Reynella winery for John Reynell.
1853Thomas Hardy purchased land on the banks of the River Torrens, and named it 'Bankside'.
1876Thomas Hardy purchased the Tintara Winery and vineyards in McLaren Vale, 45kms south of Adelaide.
1887Thomas Hardy formally took his sons into the business and changed the title of his enterprises to Thomas Hardy and Sons.
1893Mile End Cellars was established west of Adelaide city.
1894Hardy's was recognised as being the colony's largest winemaker, with a vintage of 315,000 gallons of predominantly Claret and Chablis.
1901The first branch office was opened in Sydney.
1916A winery was established at Waikerie on the River Murray.
1920Dorrien Winery (later Siegersdorf) was completed in the Barossa Valley.
1964Hardy's sparkling wine production began in earnest with the building of the Charmat plant at the Mile End Cellars
1969Hardy's established their first plantings at Keppoch (now known as Padthaway) in South Australia's east.
1976Hardy's purchased the UK based Emu Wine Company, which included the Houghton Winery and Moondah Brook Estate in Western Australia.
1982Hardy's purchased Chateau Reynella south of Adelaide. The historic property was refurbished and became its new headquarters.
1988Stanley, Leasingham and the Clarevale Co-operative Winery became part of the Thomas Hardy & Sons group.
1992BRL Hardy was formed after a merger with Australia's second largest wine company, Berri Renmano.
2003BRL Hardy merged with Constellaton Brands from the USA to form Constellation Wines, the world's largest wine business. BRL Hardy was renamed the Hardy Wine Company.
2008The Hardy Wine Company was renamed Constellation Wines Australia - regional winemaking at its finest.