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Racke

The German company was founded in 1855 by Adam Josef Racke (1827-1913) Bingen at the Rhine founded and is now one of the leading suppliers of premium wines. The family, written in the form of Raquet or Raqué at that time, was of French or Huguenot origin. Initially, wine and wine vinegar were sold and brandy produced, but soon also operated its own winery. Son Georg Racke (1860-1914) successfully continued the company, he was also a member of the DWV (German Wine Association) and President of the Binger winery owners. After his early death, son-in-law Heinrich Moller-Racke (1884-1967) took over the management. After the Second World War, a large part of the plant was destroyed by bombs. The reconstruction took place under Harro Moller-Racke (1920-2006). In his era, he was the first to become German whiskey created the "Racke Rauchzart" brand. From 1960 the red wine "Amselfeld" (Kosovo) came on the market, which has become one of the most successful brand wines developed in Germany.

In the fifth generation of the family, Marcus Moller-Racke (* 1956) has been the company's CEO since 1991. The sparkling wine brand Kupferberg gold was transferred to the company in 2004 Henkell sold. In 2006 Racke completely withdrew from the liquor business and sold the brands Der Gute Pott (Rum) and Scharlachberg (Brandy) to Henkell, as well as Dujardin (brandy) and Racke Rauchzart to blacks & sizing. In 2008, the European headquarters became Mainz laid. In this year the Bremen trading house Egger & Franke was acquired and the subsidiary "Racke Eggers & Franke" was founded. All Racke wines, joint venture wines and the wines previously in the Eggers & Franke portfolio are sold by this company in Germany. In Europe there are further sales subsidiaries Racke Nederland, Racke Polska, Racke-GIV CR for the Czech market, and overseas Racke USA. Following the extensive restructuring, the Racke Group has over 200 employees, 120 of them in Germany.

In 2008, most low-priced branded wines were sold for less than three euros Amselfelder. Amselkeller, Bongeronde and Viala together with the winery in Hechtsheim to the French company Grands Chais de France sold. There was no longer any own bottling plant. Own vineyards in Germany had not existed for a long time. The Blanchet brand wines were now part of the product range, Castel (Bordeaux), Espíritu de Argentina (Argentina), Espíritu de Chile (Chile), Golden Kaan (South Africa), Melini and Lamberti (Gruppo Italiano Vini, Italy), Rebian's (Germany), Vitae (Italy), and Yellow tail (Casella Wines, Australia). The winery "The Donum Estate" with 100 hectares of vineyards was built in the California area of Los Carneros, where various wines from Pinot Noir are produced.

Due to massive financial problems, the company separated from important parts of the company at the end of 2009. After the sale of the brand line Blanchet on Rotkäppchen-Mumm the properties on the Kupferbergterrasse, the winery The Donum Estate, the investments in the joint ventures Espiritù de Chile and Vitae and, as a management buyout, the subsidiaries Racke Netherlands and Racke Czech Republic are sold. Marcus Moller-Racke then remains the sole shareholder in the two profitable companies Racke Eggers & Franke and Racke Poland. The brands Espiritù de Chile and Vitae reserve the right to buy back the 50 percent stake and, after being freed from the legacy issues, they want to retain the option of buying back and realizing their strategic plan of a World Wine Alliance (WWA), a family-run association , international wine company. See also under largest wine companies in the world,

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