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Kupferberg

In 1847, Christian Adalbert Kupferberg (1824-1876) and his partner Robert Kempf founded the company Kempf & Kupferberg in Neustadt in the Palatinate with the aim of incorporating the "production of sparkling wines". In 1850 Kupferberg separated from Kempf and founded in Mainz its own champagne house. On a hill above the city of Mainz - the Kästrich - he found ideal conditions because there were large, extensive cellar facilities underground. Thanks to the excellent quality of the sparkling wine, Kupferberg quickly acquired a large customer base, especially in Great Britain. The company developed into an export pioneer for Germans sparkling wine, namely the brands Rheinwein, Moselwein, Hochheimer and Sparkling Moselle.

The sparkling wine brand "Kupferberg Gold" was launched on the market as early as 1852, and has remained the company's flagship in five versions to this day. In 1862 the brand with two other products was on the wine list represented at the world exhibition in London. In 1870 the German Chancellor Otto Fürst von Bismarck (1815-1898) several days in the Kupferberg house. Of the eight children of the founder, Constanze married the champagne manufacturer Arthur Bricout in 1869, his son Franz succeeded him. Hugo and Florian founded a bottle factory (today's Budenheim glassworks).

In 1872 the company was transformed into a commandit company on shares, the sole owner was director Christian Adalbert Kupferberg. It is worth noting that in 1912 Germany's first large moving neon sign was implemented in Berlin's Friedrichstrasse. A total of 2,600 light bulbs represented a movement for the first time: pouring sparkling wine into the glass, from which small bubbles then rose. In the main building in Mainz city center there is a company museum and the "grape hall" built in Art Nouveau style. The museum has the world's largest collection of champagne and champagne glasses, from the Venetian “Cristallo” from the Renaissance to the ultra-modern and extravagant designer piece with over 500 glasses from many eras and countries.

Today's product range includes the Classic line "Kupferberg Gold" (in white, red and rose), the "Nostalgie Cuvée" (Riesling) and the model made after champagne Cuvée de Prestige "Prestige Brut". The company celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2000. The production in 2007 was 7.2 million bottles of sparkling wine. After the German company Racke had already taken over the majority of Kupferberg shares in 1978, the "Kupferberg" brand was finally acquired in 2004 by the German company for sparkling wine, wine and spirits Henkell Bought. The wineries were built by Grands Chais de France accepted.

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