The Peter Mertes KG was founded in 1924 by the owner of the winery and winemaker Peter Mertes in Minheim an der Mittelmosel ( Rheinland-Pfalz ) and has been headquartered since 1969 Bernkastel-Kues, Initially, one deals with the production and distribution of Moselwein from the famous wine villages between Piesport and Bernkastel. In the 1950s, Dr. Gustav Willkomm and his wife Edith Willkomm born. Mertes the family business of the deceased father and expanded the entrepreneurial activities on well-known wine villages on the Rhine like Bingen, Nierstein and Oppenheim from, a little later follows the palatinate, In the 1960s, the range expanded to include wines from the Rheingau and from the Near, With the product range, the customer base and sales markets grew, so that an extension of the building was necessary. Therefore, in 1969 the company headquarters moved from Minheim to Bernkastel-Kues.
During the 1970s and 1980s, various wine cellars, bottle factories and modern, air-conditioned warehouses were created, including the "Rotwild-Keller" - Germany's largest barrique cellar. In a 240-meter slate vaulted cellar from the 19th century, red wines from German wine growing areas are being cultivated here in more than 1,500 oak barrels. In addition, also highly regarded wineries with possession in best locations belong to the enterprise. In the early days, the enjoyment of wine was a privilege of the upper class. The vision of Peter Mertes, to address broad sections of the population with selected wines of the highest quality, continues to exist today and is the basis of the company's orientation.
In recent years, the sales market in the Eastern European and Asian countries has been successfully expanded, especially with German quality wines. With several hundred employees in different locations, oenologists, Butchers, winemakers, sales and marketing professionals, the company offers wine lovers a wide range of world class wines from many countries. Cellaring and bottling have been certified to all major standards for years. These include ISO 9002, BRC (British Retail Consortium) and IFS (International Featured Standards). All processes are of a systematic quality management accompanied, the control is carried out by a constantly evolving HACCP system,
Well-known umbrella brand ranges are marketed through the food retail trade in its various forms of distribution. These are, for example, wines produced in collaboration with Feinkost Käfer, the Bree range, red and white wines from the Turmfalke range and Riesling wines from Villa Sittmann. In addition to the assortments from Germany, in recent years, they have come from Austria, Italy, Spain and overseas, such as Australia, Chile, California and South Africa. Mainly for export, the company offers many variants of the well-known Rhine wine Liebfraumilch at. The night gold range includes ice wines of various kinds, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese. Fixed contracts with winegrowers, producer communities and wineries provide a basis for the annual collection of crops, which are expanded and marketed by the winery. Peter Mertes is one of the most important marketers of grape wines ecological viticulture, in particular from the cultivation areas of Moselle and Rhine. As a member of ECOVIN the winery is regularly certified in a prescribed eco-audit.
The company is also active as a sponsor: since 1985, the Peter Mertes scholarship has been awarded to young artists in cooperation with the Bonner Kunstverein. In addition, the rehabilitation of alcoholics in the region is supported by the inauguration of the "Haus der Hilfe" in Bernkastel-Kues in 2001. It is a privately owned facility for alcoholics and homeless people, who provide protection for their residents and help them to lead a long-term independent life again.