The Australian BRL Hardy group has drawn up a short list of eight acquisition possibilities for its US joint venture with Constellation Brands, Pacific Wine Partners, with a price tag of up to US$300m.

As earlier announced by the company, it is focussed on producers with a 500,000 case capacity. Australia's Financial Review said the list probably includes Rodney Strong Vineyards, Jerry Lohr and Kenwood Vineyards.

If one of the propositions goes ahead within six months, BRL Hardy could return to the equity market following the successful rights issue to establish the joint venture.