Hardy Wine Company Limited (HWC) has appointed Andrew Thiele to be vice president of trading for North America.

Thiele, with 22 years of wine industry experience in three Australian states, has recently relocated to the Constellation Wines US office in Monterey, California.

For the past 14 years he has held senior sales and managerial roles with HWC, including the past nine years as state manager for the state of Queensland.

"This newly created position is a direct reflection of our continued export growth," international trading manager, Steven Barbera, said today.

"Andrew's highly successful sales and trading experience in our Queensland business over many years has provided him with the ideal background to take up this exciting and challenging role.  We are sure our North American business will further flourish with Andrew relocating to this important market."

Thiele will provide in-market support for HWC's portfolio, working closely with HWC's US-based affiliates, distributors and agents in the US and Canada.