Adam Henkell (1801-1866) founded in 1832 in Mainz one wine trade And thus laid the foundation for today's company "Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei KG", which is the big Oetker Group belongs. From the year of foundation 1856 was also sparkling wine produced. In 1866 son Rudolf Henkell (1843-1912) took the lead. His son Otto Henkell I (1869-1929) joined in 1891 in the company of his father. Under him the famous brand "Henkell Sect Trocken" was created in 1894. It had 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, relocating the company headquarters to Wiesbaden-Biebrich am Rhein. After the death of Otto Henkell I. took over his brother Karl Henkell from 1929 until his death by a bombing in 1944 the leadership.
The protected word mark "Henkell piccolo For the 0.2 l bottles from Henkell was added in 1935. It has become synonymous with a small bottle of sparkling wine with contents for two glasses. The significant trademark was introduced in 1936, which shows in black and white a distinguished male head in a tuxedo with bow tie and champagne glass. The reconstruction after the Second World War took place from 1948 under Otto Henkell II (1923-1988). He founded in 1952 a first branch in Austria. The longtime competitors Henkell and Söhnlein were merged in 1987 and the new company was now called "Henkell & Söhnlein" by the end of 2008.
The Austrian company Scharlachberg was bought in 1988, excluding the brandy of the same name, and founded its own sparkling wine cellar in Wien . In 1992 the Hungarian champagne market leader Hungarovin was taken over and in 1996 a sparkling wine branch was established in Poland, followed by the Slovak sparkling wine company Hubert in 2000, the Romanian champagne market leader Astese in 2003 and the Ukrainian champagne market leader Kijewskij Zavod Schampanskich in 2007 and finally the majority of the Italian Prosecco Provider Mionetto taken over. 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 trade company Copestick Murray. In addition, import and distribution companies were established in Latvia, Sweden, the Netherlands and Switzerland in 2012 and the cava cellar Cavas Hill was acquired in Spain.
In order to take into account the increasing internationalization, since the beginning of 2009 the group of companies has been operating under the name "Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei KG", nevertheless called "Henkell & Co. Group". The management consists of 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. Of these, 40% were in Germany and 60% in international markets. The Henkell & Co. Group is represented in 20 countries worldwide with its own companies and exports its products to more than 100 countries worldwide. In many countries, the company is the market leader for sparkling wine, sparkling wine, wine or various spirits genres, The headquarters of the Henkell & Co. Group is located in the Henkell headquarters in Wiesbaden.
The company is the only sparkling / sparkling wine company in the world that controls the product types sparkling wine. champagne. Crémant. Cava and Prosecco from own production offers. The most important international brands of the house are Henkell (Germany's most exported champagne brand), Mionetto Prosecco (the world's most successful Prosecco brand), and Mangaroca Batida de Coco. Strong national brands complete the portfolio: Menger-Krug, Little son brilliant. Deinhardstein. vodka Gorbachev, pot rum (Germany), Copper mountain 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 group also includes the Winneburg domain Castle Johannisberg as well as the winery, which is also located in the Rheingau GH from Mumm, See also below largest wine companies in the world,