The "Carl Tesdorpf Weinhandel zu Lübeck" company was founded in 1678 by the later Mayor of Lübeck, Peter Hinrich Tesdorpf (1648-1723). He came from a long-established, respected patrician family from Lübeck, which had worked for many centuries in the Hanseatic city with the best connections in cultural and political circles. The family provided numerous senators and mayors and is inextricably linked to the history of the city of Lübeck. The trading house also supplied Napoleon (1769-1821). During this time the French camped in barriques filled red wine in the sea climate of Lübeck and found out that it matured better here than at home. A new wine was born with the name Rotspon has become a term until today.
The writer Thomas Mann (1875-1955), born in Lübeck, was closely associated with the Tesdorpf family. Krafft Tesdorpf was appointed guardian after the death of his father. In the author's famous novel "Buddenbrooks", the Rotspon and the Tesdorpfs are immortalized as "wine dealers Kistenmaker". The company is still located in the legendary Mengstrasse, a few meters from the "Buddenbrookhaus". The house became an absolute top address and Lübeck developed into one of the most important trading places for wine. Tesdorpf supplied all the major dealers in the north, the Scandinavian royal courts, the tsar court in St. Petersburg and the Prussian kings and emperors in Berlin and Potsdam.
A specialty was and is a close relationship to the trading center Bordeaux or to Bordeaux wine trade, In 1782 Hinrich Tesdorpf married Susanne Schyler, the daughter of the renowned dynasty Schröder and Schÿler in Bordeaux (owner of Chateau Kirwan ). Today, many wines are the top address from many countries Europe and the New world offered. The product range includes around 400 top qualities from well-known producers. Besides, too spirits, Specialties like sherry vinegar, olive oil and accessories for Pairing offered. The company was founded in 1999 by Hawesko taken over, but still managed by a descendant of the family, Carl Johann Tesdorpf. See also under largest wine companies in the world,