Historically significant sherry and port wine house. The company was founded in 1790 in London by Scotsman George Sandeman (1765-1841) with a loan from his father of £ 300 as a wine shop. He focused on sherry and port wine and often traveled to the growing areas of the two countries. In 1792 he became a representative of the sherry company James Duff, based in the Spanish port city of Cadiz (Andalusia). In 1809 an office was opened in Cadiz under the direction of Sandeman partner James Gordon and from there wine was shipped under the name "Sandeman". Among them was the "Sandeman 1790", which made history as the first vintage sport. Two years later, a plot of land and a building in Porto were acquired, from where port wine was shipped all over the world. Due to the great success of the company, Sandeman moved his offices to St. Swithins Lane No. 20 and adjacent Sherbourne Lane 13. These rooms remained the family's home until 1969 and also the Sandeman headquarters.
After the founder's death, his nephew George Glas Sandeman (1792-1868) took over the company in 1841. He expanded the pure wine business with various activities. Among other things, he also offered insurance and exported British linen and cotton goods. At that time, Sandeman even had his own ship, known for its speed, called "Hoopoe". Then the eldest son Albert George (1833-1923) took over the leadership, who in 1868 took his three brothers as partners. In 1902 the company was transformed into a GmbH. The eldest son Walter Albert (1858-1937) became head of the company in 1923. The famous trademark "Don Sandeman", a black figure with a cloak and hat, was created in 1928.
After Walter Albert's death, his son Henry Gerard Walter Sandeman (1885-1953) ran the company, followed by his brother Patrick Walter, who was Chairman of the Supervisory Board until his death (1959). In 1952, Sandeman was transformed into a stock corporation and Patrick Walter's sons followed in the company management. A fusion with the whiskey -Manufacturer Sandeman from Edinburgh existed in 1963, despite the fact that there were no names, there were no connections before. Then the company was sold to the Multi Seagram for £ 17m in 1980. Finally, in 2002 it was owned by the Portuguese company Sogrape, In 2015, on the occasion of the 225th company anniversary, the "225th Anniversary Collection" (Vintage Port 2000), consisting of six bottles, was launched to tell the story of the company.
The Sandeman sub-company now produces half of port wine and half of sherry. In the sherry center Jerez (Andalusia) the company owns around 400 hectares of vineyards. The management in Porto (port wine) was taken over in 1991 by George Sandeman, a descendant in the seventh generation of families. The best-known sherry brands include Don Fino, Medium Dry Amontillado, Dry Don Amontillado, Armada Cream Oloroso, Imperial Corregidor Oloroso, Royal Ambrosante Oloroso and Royal Esmeralda Palo Cortado. The port wine brands are Ports Tawny, White, Partner's Ruby and Partner's White. High-quality vintage ports are marketed in smaller quantities under the name “Founder's Reserve”, which became the best-selling port brand in the United States. There is also one in the large product range Madeira,