Friedrich Wilhelm Petzsch founded the "Cognakbrennerei Petzsch" in 1898, since 1911 the company headquarters are in Bingen, The company name had to be changed to "Weinbrennerei Scharlachberg GmbH" in 1919 due to the provisions of the Versailles Treaty. The name cognac is since then the products from the French territory Charente Reserved. The new name was derived from the location Scharlachberg in Bingen-Büdesheim in the German growing area Rheinhessen from. Over time, the company has been substantially expanded to become the world's largest commercial enterprise. In 1979, the sparkling wine Scharlachberg was acquired, which then in 1988 to the sparkling wine company Henkell went. The already registered in 1920 as a brand brandy "Scharlachberg Meisterbrand" (36% vol) is distilled from selected wines preferably from the Charente and aged for at least six months in over 20,000 Limousin oak barrels. Furthermore, there is the product "star brand", the old recipe and tradition of alcohol and wine distillates produced (a so-called brandy blend). The distillery and spirits brands were founded in 1992 by the company Racke but in 2004 everything was transferred to the company Henkell resold.