The company "Carl Tesdorpf wine trade to Lübeck" was founded in 1678 by the later Lübeck Mayor Peter Hinrich Tesdorpf (1648-1723). He came from a long-established, respected Lübeck patrician family, which had worked for many centuries in the Hanseatic city with the best connections in cultural and political circles. The family has numerous senators and mayors and is inseparable from the history of the city of Lübeck. The trading house supplied among other things also Napoleon (1769-1821). During this time the French encamped theirs in barriques filled red wine in the maritime climate of Lübeck and found out that he matured here better than at home. This was the birth of a new wine under the name Rotspon became the term until today.
Born in Lübeck writer Thomas Mann (1875-1955) was the house Tesdorpf closely connected. 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 merchants Kistenmaker". To date, the company headquarters in the legendary Mengstraße, a few meters next to the "Buddenbrookhaus". The house became an absolute top address and Lübeck became one of the most important trading centers for wine. Tesdorpf supplied all the great merchants of the north, the Scandinavian royal courts, the Tsar court in St. Petersburg and the Prussian kings and emperors in Berlin and Potsdam.
A special feature was and is a close relationship to the trading place Bordeaux or for Bordeaux wine trade, In 1782 Hinrich Tesdorpf married Susanne Schyler, the daughter of the renowned wine dynasty Schröder and Schÿler in Bordeaux (owner of Château Kirwan ). Today, many wines are the first address from many countries Europe and the New world offered. The product range comprises around 400 top qualities of 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 led by a descendant of the family, Carl Johann Tesdorpf. See also below largest wine companies in the world,