The headquarters of today's "Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH" is located in the city of Freyburg in the German wine-growing region Saale-Unstrut, The origin dates back to 1856, when a wine shop was founded by the brothers Moritz (+1863) and Julius Kloss (+1890) and their friend Carl Foerster (+1888). One year later, they took part in the "Freyburger Champagne Factory Society". From 1861 was one sparkling wine manufactured under the brand "Monopol". But already in 1862 the company had to be liquidated. The majority of the estate was acquired in 1866 by the sparkling wine company "Kloss & Foerster" with the three gentlemen mentioned above as shareholders. The shops were now always better, so that the musts and wines from Moselle, Main and Rhine, and later even from Champagne were bought. The French champagne company Heidsieck monopolies protested in 1894 against the brand name with success. Kloss & Foerster were no longer allowed to use "monopoly" and led the way to the red bottles capsule the name "Rotkäppchen" (at that time still with "h") and the still allowed designation "champagne" on the label. In 1891, the five-storey "Große Keller" and a new office and reception building were built, which today still form the heart of the sparkling wine house in Freyburg.
In 1896, the completion of a gigantic barrel of 120,000 liters of wine, built from wood from 25 oak trees, was completed in the in-house cooperage. Emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941) praised in 1903 on the occasion of a carried out at Freyburg "Imperial maneuver" the wholesomeness of sparkling wine and boasted to have introduced as Crown Prince, the Little Red Riding Hood sect in many German officer casinos. One year before, the emperor had the Sparkling wine tax to finance the imperial fleet. In 1906, the 50th anniversary was celebrated. In the following decades there was a business ups and downs, but the company also survived the Great Depression of 1929 and the two world wars.
In 1948, the expropriation and the operation went into "public property". The founding grandson Günter Kloss went to the West and founded the "Sektkellerei Kloss & Foerster" in 1952 in Rüdesheim. The now "VEB Rotkäppchen sparkling wine Freyburg" became the GDR model enterprise. Innovative products such as "mocca sparkling wine" and "champagne pils" were created, and in the 1980s, 38 sparkling wine brands were produced. After reunification in 1989, West German competition led to a sales crisis and sales fell to one-tenth.
In 1993, after much preliminary work, the company was privatized through a management buy-out. Sixty percent of the shares went to Managing Director Gunter Heise and other members of the management. Forty percent of the shares are held by the West German company Eckes-Chantré. Then a new success story of the brand began. Sales are rising rapidly and the company is expanding. In 2001, the German Sektsparte was bought by the Multi Seagram and also the three brands spunk (German company, not to be confused with the same name French), Jules-Mumm and MM (Matheus Müller). Since then one trades as "Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH", the ownership remained the same. This year Rotkäppchen became the best-selling champagne brand in Germany.
Finally, in 2003, the "private winery Geldermann" was taken over (see under Deutz ). And as a crowning glory, they returned to their roots in 2005 with the purchase of the sparkling wine brand "Kloss & Foerster". This created the largest German sparkling wine house with over a quarter market share. More than 300 employees work at the four traditional locations Breisach, Eltville, Freyburg and Hochheim to make sparkling wine. Since the year 2000, Rotkäppchen sparkling wine in two flavors has been produced and marketed in China under the brand name "Xiao Hong Mao" ("little red beanie").
With the introduced in 2006 Little Red Riding Hood quality wines and the 2007 acquired Collection de Chantré you entered the wine segment. In the same year, the takeover of the West German Eckes-Spirituosen- and Wein GmbH took place. Finally, in October 2009, the company Racke the well-known brand wine line Blanchet Bought. This made the company a leading European beverage company. Including Blanchet, a total volume of 16.5 million bottles was reached. In 2009, 157 million bottles of sparkling wine (main proportion Rotkäppchen with just under 100 million) were marketed. Sparkling wine, spirits and wine produced a total of 212 million bottles with a total turnover of 780 million euros. See also below largest wine companies in the world,