The origin of the wine trade - The company was founded in 1974 when the Frenchman Jacques Héon and the German Olaf Müller-Soppart opened their first shop in Düsseldorf. There wines from France were offered, the less lovely than the preferred one at the time taste were. Customers could try the wines free of charge. At that time this was only possible with Ab Hof-Kauf, which was a sales advantage given the lack of mobility with own cars at that time. The wines came directly from wholesalers or winegrowers. The founders retired in 1980. The company was taken over by Horten AG in 1983, later part of the Kaufhof Holding (Metro) and finally came into the possession of the German wine trading group in 1998 Hawesko Holding AG,
Jacques' Wein-Depot GmbH awards agency contracts to independent wine retailers as a franchise brand. In 2019 there were 230 agency owners with over 300 branches (depots) in Germany and 5 in Austria. The wines come directly from the producers through central purchasing with the exclusion of importers. There are over 200 wines from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and overseas, all of which can be tried for free. Around 100 new wines are presented each year and added to the range if they are sold successfully. In the past there was only one direct sale, today they are also shipped.