In 1964, the company "Hanseatische Wein- und Sekt-Kontor" was founded by Peter Margaritoff, which was then continued by his son Alexander Margaritoff in 1981 (at that time the turnover amounted to DM 10 million). As a result, many companies from the wine & spirits sector were taken over or joint ventures were entered into. Among others, these were the retail chain Jacques Wein-Depot (1974), the wine trading company Carl Tesdorpf (1999), as well as the two wine wholesale businesses CWD (champagne and wine distribution company, 1986) and wine Wolf (1999). Some of these are still managed by the previous owners, but work closely together according to the "Corporate Governance Code" of HAWESKO.
Today HAWESKO is the largest European Wine trading group and market leader in the German wine shipping trade. In Europe, two thirds of the world wine trade is handled. The company is thus in the circle of largest wine companies in the world, It is subdivided into the three segments wine and internet trade (1,250 wines), wine retail (284 stationary depots in Germany, 2 in Austria) and wine wholesaling (13,000 top restaurants and specialty retailers). In 2015, the investment company TOCOS of Detlev Meyer (founder of the clothing chain CBR) took over the majority with 79%. This led to the resignation of Alexander Margaritoff as CEO and his retirement as a major shareholder (previously 30%).
The wide product range includes wines, champagnes and distillates from around 15 countries in Europe and overseas, as well as designer wine products. In 2001, the private labels "Marques de Sandoval" (Spanish DO Calatayud ) and Mount Athos (from the Holy Mountain Athos from Tsantali ) introduced in the mail order segment. HAWESKO owns the distribution rights of many leading top segment wines of well-known wineries through the individual companies. These are Antinori (Italy), Baron Philippe de Rothschild with Château Mouton-Rothschild (Bordeaux) Latour Louis (Burgundy), Penfolds (Australia), Taittinger (Champagne) and Torres (Spain).
The five market segments of HAWESKO are supermarkets and consumer markets (25%), discounters (21%), direct wine sales (21%), gastronomy (17%) and specialized trade (16%). Since 1998, the Group has been listed under HAWESKO Holding AG on the Hamburg Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. In 2015, a turnover of 477 million euros was generated by 933 employees. The individual companies: