Peter Mertes KG was founded in 1924 by the winery owner and vintner Peter Mertes in Minheim an der Mittelmosel ( Rheinland-Pfalz ) and has been headquartered in Bernkastel-Kues, Initially, the company deals with the manufacture and sale of Moselwein from the famous wine towns between Piesport and Bernkastel. In the 1950s, Dr. Gustav Willkomm and his wife Edith Willkomm born Mertes the family business of the late father and expanded the entrepreneurial activities to well-known wine towns on the Rhine such as Bingen, Nierstein and Oppenheim, followed a little later palatinate, In the 1960s, the range expanded to include wines from the Rheingau and from the Near, With the range, the customer base and sales markets also grew, so that an expansion of the buildings became necessary. That is why the company headquarters were moved from Minheim to Bernkastel-Kues in 1969.
In the course of the 1970s and 1980s, various wine cellars, bottle factories and modern, air-conditioned warehouses emerged, including the "Rotwild-Keller" - Germany's largest barrique cellar. In a 240-meter-long slate vaulted cellar from the 19th century, red wines from German wine-growing regions are aged in more than 1,500 oak barrels. The company also owns highly respected wineries with properties in the best locations. In the early days, enjoying wine was a privilege of the upper class. Peter Mertes' vision of targeting broad sections of the population with selected wines of the best quality still exists 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 at different locations, oenologists, Cellar masters, wine engineers, sales and marketing specialists, the company offers wine lovers a wide range of first-class wines from many countries worldwide. Cellar management and bottling have been certified according to all important standards for years. These include ISO 9002, BRC (British Retail Consortium) and IFS (International Featured Standards). All processes are systematic quality management accompanied, the control is carried out by a constantly evolving HACCP system,
Well-known ranges of umbrella brands are marketed in food retailing in its various sales forms. These are, for example, wines that are created in cooperation with Feinkost Käfer, the Bree range, red and white wines from the Kestrel and Riesling wines range from Villa Sittmann. In addition to the ranges from Germany, ranges from Austria, Italy, Spain and overseas such as Australia, Chile, California and South Africa have emerged in recent years. The company mainly offers many variants of the well-known Rhine wine for export Liebfraumilch on. The night gold assortment includes ice wines of various types, berry selection and dry berry selection. Fixed contracts with winegrowers, producer communities and wineries provide a basis for the annual recording of the harvest quantities, which are expanded and marketed by the winery. Peter Mertes is one of the most important marketers of wine made from grapes ecological viticulture, especially from the cultivation areas of the 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 Bonn Art Association. The rehabilitation of alcoholics in the region is also supported by the inauguration of the “Haus der Hilfe” in Bernkastel-Kues in 2001. It is a privately run facility for alcoholics and homeless people who offer protection to their residents and support them in being able to lead an independent life again in the long term.