Accolade Wines is a major global wine business with operations in North America, UK and Ireland, Mainland Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and Asia. It grew from Thomas Hardy and Sons founded by Thomas Hardy in 1853 in Adelaide to become Australia's largest winemaker. In January 2011 the company was sold, along with Constellation Europe, to the Australian private equity company CHAMP Private Equity and was renamed 'Accolade Wines' on 27 June 2011. Accolade Wines has evolved into a global wine company, selling some of the worlds best-known brands in over 80 countries, including Australia, the UK, mainland Europe, the US, Canada, Japan and China. The business is the largest wine company by volume in the UK and Australia, with a portfolio ranging from the historic Hardys (the number one Australian wine brand in the UK and a significant wine brand in mainland Europe), through to Kumala, the UK's number two South African wine brand.