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Racke

The German company was founded in 1855 by Adam Josef Racke (1827-1913) in Bingen at the Rhine founded and is today one of the leading providers of premium wines. The then still in the form Raquet or Raqué written family was French or Huguenot origin. First, wine and wine vinegar was sold and brandy but soon also operated its own winery. His son Georg Racke (1860-1914) successfully continued to run the company, he was also a member of the DWV (German wine-growing association) and president of the Binger winery owner. 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 facilities was destroyed by bombs. The reconstruction took place under Harro Moller-Racke (1920-2006). In his era was the first German whiskey created the brand "Racke Rauchzart". From 1960, the red wine "Amselfelder" (Kosovo) came on the market, which is one of the most successful brand wines developed in Germany.

Since 1991, Marcus Moller-Racke (* 1956) has been responsible for the fifth generation of the family as the company's CEO. The champagne brand Copper mountain gold was in 2004 to the company Henkell sold. In 2006, Racke withdrew completely from the liquor business and sold, inter alia, the brands The Good Pott (rum) and Scharlachberg (Brandy) to Henkell, as well as Dujardin (brandy) and Racke Rauchzart to Schwarze & Schlichte. In 2008, the European headquarters was after Mainz laid. In this year also 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 Eggers & Franke's portfolio are distributed by this company in Germany. In Europe there are further sales subsidiaries Racke Nederland, Racke Polska, Racke-GIV CR for the Czech market, as well as overseas Racke USA. After the extensive restructuring, the Racke Group comprises over 200 employees, 120 of them in Germany.

In 2008, most low-price brand wines were under a purchase price of three EURO as Amselfelder. Amselkeller, Bongeronde and Viala together with the winery in Hechtsheim to the French company Grands Chais de France sold. There was no own bottling company anymore. Own vineyard property in Germany had not existed for some time. The product range now included the brand wines Blanchet, 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 "The Donum Estate" winery with 100 hectares of vineyards was built in California's Los Carneros area, where various Pinot Noir wines are produced.

Due to massive financial problems, they separated at the end of 2009 from important parts of the company. After the sale of the brand line Blanchet at Rotkäppchen-Mumm The properties on the Kupferbergterrasse, the estate The Donum Estate, the participations in the joint ventures Espiritù de Chile and Vitae are also sold, and the subsidiaries Racke Netherlands and Racke Czech Republic as management buyout. Marcus Moller-Racke will then be left alone with the two profitable companies Racke Eggers & Franke and Racke Poland. The Espiritù de Chile and Vitae brands reserve the right to repurchase their 50% shareholding and, after exemption from the legacy, seek the option of repurchasing and implementing their strategic plan for a World Wine Alliance (WWA), a merger of family-owned businesses , internationally active wine company. See also below largest wine companies in the world,

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