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Amberley shift

HARDY Wine Company has rationalised its production operations in Western Australia following last year’s union between its parent, Constellation Brands, and Vincor International. Industry sources have told WA Business News that Hardy explored opportunities to sell Amberley Estate and Goundrey Wines, of which it assumed control following Constellation’s $C1.5 billion ($A1.6bn) acquisition of Canadian drinks giant, Vincor. WA Business News understands that US-based Constellation explored sales opportunities for the two wineries following a global review of its businesses. According to industry sources, several parties ran the ruler over both operations but Hardy backed out of discussions because potential suitors did not meet the required asking price. Hardy this week confirmed it has moved its winemaking production facilities from Amberley Estate to its larger production operations in Nannup. Hardy spokeswoman Rebecca Hopkins said the company established the Nannup facility in 2001 to process fruit from the South West region. It would now process wine for the Amberley Estate label. She said Goundrey wines would continue to be made from the Goundrey winemaking facility but any excess could be accommodated at Nannup.

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