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Adam Henkell (1801-1866) founded in 1832 Mainz one wine trade and thus laid the foundation stone for today's company "Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei KG", the big one Oetker Group heard. From the year 1856, which was considered the founding year, also sparkling wine produced. In 1866, son Rudolf Henkell (1843-1912) took the lead. His son Otto Henkell I (1869-1929) joined his father's company in 1891. The famous brand "Henkell Sect Trocken" was created under him in 1894. It was a resounding success and brought the company to the top of the German sparkling wine industry until 1910. A state-of-the-art sparkling wine cellar was completed in 1909, moving the company's headquarters to Wiesbaden-Biebrich on the Rhine. After the death of Otto Henkell I, his brother Karl Henkell took the lead from 1929 until his death in a bombing raid in 1944.

Adam Henkell portrait - Henkell main building

The protected word mark “Henkell piccolo “For the 0.2 l bottles from Henkell was registered in 1935. It has become synonymous with a small bottle of sparkling wine that holds two glasses. The significant trademark was introduced in 1936 and shows in black and white a distinguished men's head in a tuxedo with a bow tie and champagne glass. Reconstruction after the Second World War took place in 1948 under Otto Henkell II (1923-1988). He founded a first branch in Austria in 1952. Longstanding competitors Henkell and Söhnlein were merged in 1987 and the new company was now called "Henkell & Söhnlein" until the end of 2008.

The Austrian company Scharlachberg was bought without the brandy of the same name in 1988 and a sparkling wine cellar was founded in Wien . The Hungarian sparkling wine market leader Hungarovin was taken over in 1992 and a sparkling wine branch was founded in Poland in 1996, subsequently the Slovak sparkling wine company Hubert was incorporated in 2000, the Romanian sparkling wine market leader Astese in 2003 and the Ukrainian sparkling wine market leader Kijewskij Zavod Schampanskich in 2007, and finally in 2008 the majority of the Italian Prosecco Provider Mionetto acquired. This was followed in 2009 by Mionetto USA Inc. and the Polish gin brand Lubuski, in 2010 by the German spirits Kuemmerling and Fürst Bismarck and in 2013 by the English wine company Copestick Murray. In 2012, import and distribution companies were founded in Latvia, Sweden, the Netherlands and Switzerland, and the Cavas Hill cava winery in Spain was taken over.

In order to take increasing internationalization into account, the group of companies has been operating formally since the beginning of 2009 under the name "Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei KG", nevertheless calls itself "Henkell & Co. Group". The management consists of Dr. Andreas Brokemper, Eberhard Benz and Frank van Fürden. In fiscal year 2016, a total of 1,922 employees generated sales of EUR 691.3 million. 40% of this was in Germany and 60% in the international markets. The Henkell & Co. Group is represented by its own companies in 20 countries worldwide and exports its products to more than a hundred countries worldwide. The company is the market leader for sparkling wine, prosecco, wine or various in numerous countries spirits genres, The Henkell & Co. Group headquarters are located in the Henkell headquarters in Wiesbaden.

Henel sparkling wine brands - Henkel, Söhnlien, Alfred Gratien, Kupferberg, Deinhard

The company is the only sparkling wine / sparkling wine company worldwide that covers the product categories sparkling wine. champagne. Crémant. Cava and Prosecco offers from its own production. The main international brands of the house are Henkell (Germany's most exported sparkling wine brand), Mionetto Prosecco (the world's most successful Prosecco brand), and Mangaroca Batida de Coco. Strong national brands complement the portfolio: Menger-Krug, Little Brilliant. Deinhardstein. vodka Gorbachev, Pott rum (Germany), Kupferberg gold (Austria), Törley Sekt (Hungary), Bohemia Sekt and Vino Mikulov (Czech Republic), Hubert de Luxe (Slovakia), Gin Lubuski (Poland), Champagne Alfred Gratien and Crémant Gratien & Meyer (France), Cava Cavas Hill (Spain) and i Heart WINES (England). The Winneburg domain also belongs to the group Johannisberg Castle as well as the winery, also located in the Rheingau GH by Mumm, See also under largest wine companies in the world,

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