The origin of the wine trade The company was founded in 1974, when Frenchman Jacques Héon and German Olaf Müller-Soppart opened their first shop in Düsseldorf. There were wines from France offered, the less lovely as the then preferred taste were. The wines could be tasted by the customers for free. At that time, this was only possible with Ab Hof-Kauf, which was a selling advantage with the mobility that was not yet pronounced at that time by means of own cars. The wines came directly from the wholesaler or the winegrower. In 1980, the founders retired. The company was acquired in 1983 by Horten AG, later a part of the Kaufhof Holding (Metro) and finally came in 1998 in the possession of the German wine trade group Hawesko Holding AG,
The Jacques' Wein-Depot GmbH as a franchise brand awards agency contracts to independent wine retailers. In 2019 there were 230 agency owners with over 300 branches (depots) in Germany and 5 in Austria. The wines are sourced directly from the producers through central purchasing and the elimination of importers. There are over 200 wines from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and overseas offered, all of which can be tasted for free. Every year, about 100 new wines are presented and taken over into the product range with sales success. In the past there was only a direct sale, today they are also sent.