Constellation will keep the Amberley Estate brand after the facility sale

Constellation will keep the Amberley Estate brand after the facility sale

The Australian wine arm of Constellation Brands has confirmed the sale of the Amberley Estate vineyard and facility in the country.

The divestment, to “family interests associated with (Perth-based businessman) Stephen Tobin” for an undisclosed sum, was confirmed late last week. Constellation inherited the site when it acquired Canada-based Vincor International in 2006. Vincor bought Amberley Estate for AUD24.8m (US$22.1m) back in 2004.

“We are very pleased with the agreement we have reached,” said Constellation Wines Australia's (CWAU) president, Troy Christensen. “CWAU will retain the Amberley brand but Steve (Tobin) ... will be taking over the vineyard, cellar door and restaurant facilities.

“This is a great outcome for the region as it will remain a drawcard with a cellar door and restaurant facility.”

Tobin said he plans to to rename, rebrand, expand and develop the 67-hectare property “into a premium tourism destination for Australian families and international visitors”.

Earlier this month, CWAU announced 30 job losses as part of a review of its operations in the country. The reduction, at the former Hardy’s Winery site, follows the loss of 40 jobs at Constellation's Reynella facility, also in South Australia.