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The headquarters of today's "Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH" is in the city of Freyburg in the German wine-growing region Saale-Unstrut, The origin is in 1856, when the brothers Moritz (+1863) and Julius Kloss (+1890) and their friend Carl Foerster (+1888) founded a wine shop. A year later, they took part in the "Freyburger Champagne Factory Society". From 1861 onwards sparkling wine manufactured under the "Monopol" brand. But the company had to be liquidated as early as 1862. The majority of the estate was acquired in 1866 by the "Kloss & Foerster" sparkling wine producer with the three men mentioned above as partners. Business was getting better and better, so the musts, wines from the Moselle, Main and Rhine, and later even from Champagne, were bought. The French champagne company Heidsieck monopolies successfully protested the brand name in 1894. Kloss & Foerster were no longer allowed to use "monopoly" and led to the red bottles capsule the name "Little Red Riding Hood" (at that time still with "h") and the still allowed name "Champagne" on label on. In 1891, the five-story "Große Keller" and a new office and reception building were built, which still form the heart of the sect house in Freyburg.

Sparkling wine cellar Rotkäppchen in Freyburg

In 1896 the completion of a giant barrel made of 25 oak trees in the in-house cooperage was celebrated with the volume of 120,000 liters of wine. Emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941) praised the digestibility of the sparkling wine on the occasion of an "imperial maneuver" carried out at Freyburg in 1903 and boasted that he had introduced the Little Red Riding Hood sect to many German officer's casinos as Crown Prince. The emperor had one a year earlier Sparkling wine tax introduced to finance the imperial fleet. In 1906 the 50th anniversary was celebrated. There was a business up and down in the decades that followed, but the company also survived the Great Depression of 1929 and the two World Wars.

In 1948 the property was expropriated and the business passed 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 Sektkellerei Freyburg" became a GDR model company. Innovative products such as "mocha sparkling wine" and "sparkling wine pils" were created and 38 sparkling wine brands were produced in the 1980s. After reunification in 1989, the West German competition led to a sales crisis, sales fell to a tenth.

In 1993 the company was privatized through a management buy-out after long preparatory work. Sixty percent of the shares went to the managing director Gunter Heise and other members of the management. Forty percent of the shares are held by the traditional West German company Eckes-Chantré. A new success story for the brand then began. Sales are increasing rapidly and the company is expanding. In 2001, the German sparkling wine division was bought by the Multi Seagram, along with the three brands spunk (German company, not to be confused with the French company of the same name), Jules-Mumm and MM (Matheus Müller) acquired. Since then it has been known as "Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH", the ownership structure remained the same. This year Rotkäppchen became the best-selling sparkling wine brand in Germany.

Finally, the "Geldermann Private Sparkling Wine Cellar" was taken over in 2003 (see under Deutz ). And to top it all off, they returned to their origins in 2005 with the purchase of the “Kloss & Foerster” sparkling wine brand. This created the largest German champagne house with over a quarter of the market share. More than 300 employees work at the four traditional locations in Breisach, Eltville, Freyburg and Hochheim to produce sparkling wine. Since 2000, Little Red Riding Hood sparkling wine has also been produced and marketed in China under the brand name "Xiao Hong Mao" ("little red cap").

With the Rotkäppchen quality wines introduced in 2006 and the Collection de Chantré acquired in 2007, the company entered the wine segment. In the same year the West German Eckes-Spirituosen- und Wein GmbH was taken over. Finally, in October 2009, the company Racke the well-known branded wine line Blanchet Bought. This made the company a leading European beverage company. Including the blanchet, a total volume of 16.5 million bottles was achieved. In 2009, 157 million bottles of sparkling wine (mainly Little Red Riding Hood with almost 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 under largest wine companies in the world,

Little Red Riding Hood - Cuvée barrel in the cathedral cellar with a volume of 120,000 liters and bottle
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