The origin of the major wine merchant "Harvey's of Bristol" in the port city of Bristol in southwest England dates back to 1796. This year, the still existing cellar on Denmark Street was opened, which lies under a 1140 built no longer existing Augustinian monastery. The first John Harvey joined the company in 1822. John Harvey III. engaged in innovative advertising activities for those marketed by the company port wines and Sherry earned. In 1946, the legendary Harry joined Waugh (1904-2001) as a wine seller in the company. Together with General Director George McWatters, a member of the Harvey family, he became a leader in the next 20 years wine trade, developed in the junior education and art sponsoring. One of the many famous wine experts and later Masters of Wine that emerged from the company was the Degustator Michael Broadbent (born 1927). In the 1950s, Harvey's sherry was produced by Jack Harvey but not from his own vineyards. 1962 was the port wine house Cockburn and the port wines soon gained an equally excellent reputation.
Only with the takeover of the company McKenzie & Co in 1970, the house came into the possession of its own bodegas and vineyards in the Spanish Jerez, Two years later, extensive vineyards were purchased in the sherry area. In 1966, Harvey's was taken over by the Showering Group. This merged in 1968 with the Allied Breweries Group (later Allied-Lyons). The sherry houses Terry and Palomino y Vergara were acquired in 1985. Only from 1989, then all Harvey sherries were bottled in Jerez. In 1994, Allied-Lyons took over the sherry company Domecq and became the Allied Domecq, This company was smashed in 2005, including Harvey's and Cockburn from the US Multi Fortune Brands (Beam Wine Estates).
Harvey's became famous especially with the brand "Bristol Cream". It owes its name to an aristocratic lady who tried the "Bristol Milk" at the beginning of the 20th century at the invitation of John Harvey II in Bristol and then tried a lesser-known sherry blend. The lady called spontaneously: "If the Bristol is Milk, then this must be Cream" . It is a combination of Fino, Amontillado and Oloroso sherries with Pedro Ximénez wines. Every fifth bottle of Sherry purchased worldwide is a Bristol Cream. The property of Harvey's covers over 1,500 hectares of vineyards. The products are exported to 130 countries. In the old cellars on Denmark Street, Harvey's Wine Museum is home to rare wine antiques. In one part resides Harvey's Restaurant, which is among the best in the country with one of the most comprehensive wine Lists the world counts.