The origin of the important wine trading house "Harvey's of Bristol" in the port city of Bristol in south-west England goes back to 1796. This year the basement on Denmark Street, which still exists today, was opened, which is under a 1140 Augustinian monastery that no longer exists. 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 stepped in Waugh (1904-2001) as a wine seller in the company. Together with the director general George McWatters, a member of the Harvey family, a top position in the wine trade, developed in the training of young talent and in art sponsoring. One of the many famous wine experts and later Masters of Wine who emerged from the company was the tasting Michael Broadbent (born 1927). In the 1950s, Jack Harvey's own Harvey's Sherry was produced, but not from his own vineyards. 1962 became the port wine house Cockburn and the port wines soon gained an equally excellent reputation.
It was only with the takeover of McKenzie & Co in 1970 that the house came into its own bodegas and vineyards in Spain Jerez, Extensive vineyards in the sherry area were purchased two years later. In 1966 Harvey's was taken over by the Showering Group. This merged in 1968 with the Allied Breweries Group (later Allied-Lyons). The Terry and Palomino y Vergara sherry houses were acquired in 1985. It wasn't until 1989 that all Harvey sherries were bottled in Jerez. In 1994 Allied-Lyons took over the sherry company Domecq and became Allied Domecq, This company was smashed in 2005 by Harvey's and Cockburn by the US multi Fortune Brands (Beam Wine Estates).
Harvey's became particularly famous with the “Bristol Cream” brand. It owes its name to an aristocratic lady who tried the “Bristol Milk” in Bristol at the beginning of the 20th century at the invitation of John Harvey II and then tried a less well-known sherry blend. The lady called spontaneously: "If this is Bristol Milk, this must be Cream here" . It is a combination of Fino, Amontillado and Oloroso sherries with Pedro Ximénez wines. Every fifth bottle of sherry bought worldwide is a Bristol Cream. Harvey's owns over 1,500 hectares of vineyards. The products are exported to 130 countries. In the old cellars on Denmark Street, the “Harvey's Wine Museum” is entertained with 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.