The origin of the important wine trading house "Harvey's of Bristol" in the port city of Bristol in southwest England dates back to 1796. This year, the still existing basement was opened in the Denmark Street, which is under an 1140 built no longer existing Augustinian monastery. The first John Harvey joined the company in 1822. John Harvey III. set up with innovative advertising activities for those marketed by the company port wines
earned. In 1946, the legendary Harry entered Waugh
(1904-2001) as a wine seller in the company. Together with General Director George McWatters, a member of the Harvey family, a leading position in wine trade, junior education and art sponsorship has been developed over the next 20 years. 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. In 1962, the port wine house Cockburn
and the port wines soon received 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 acquired by the Showering Group. This merged in 1968 with the Allied Breweries Group (later named Allied Lyons). The sherry houses Terry and Palomino y Vergara were acquired in 1985. It was not until 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". This sherry owes its name to an aristocratic lady who at the beginning of the twentieth century, at the invitation of John Harvey II in Bristol, tried the then famous "Bristol Milk" and then tried a lesser-known sherry blend. The lady called spontaneously: "If the Bristol is Milk, then this must be Cream"
. This Sherry 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.