The German sparkling wine house in Schlierstein am Rhine was founded by Johann Jacob Söhnlein (1827-1912) in 1864 under the name "Rheingauer Schaumweinfabrik". In 1868 he receives from the base wines of the winery Castle Johannisberg prepared sparkling wine the name "Rheingold". This reached a tremendous degree of popularity and became an important advertising medium as a buoyant for the new imperial navy and for the music of Richard Wagner and popular as a top brand for the Nobel gastronomy of the international shipping lines. After an order of Kaiser Wilhelm I. (1797-1888) the warships of the German navy were allowed their Schiffstaufe received only with Söhnleinsekt. When the Bayreuth Festival with the four-part opera cycle "Ring of the Nibelung" was opened in 1876, Richard Wagner (1813-1883) gave the Söhnlein sparkling wine the title of Rheingold. At that time, the name was officially protected as the first sparkling wine brand ever.
Söhnlein had recognized early on that the high quality Riesling wines from the Castle Johannisberg With its high acidity, it was particularly suitable for insects. Therefore, in 1876, a contract was concluded between the Prince of Metternich-Winneburg'schen domain Schloss Johannisberg and Söhnlein on a right of first refusal for the wines. In 1878 Söhnlein won the gold medal at the world exhibition in Paris with a Riesling sparkling wine. But the name Metternich did not appear for the time being on the label. It was only in 1934 that another contract was concluded for the exclusive use of the Schloss Johannisberg wine label and the neck bow with the coat of arms of the Princely House. But only in 1971, this sparkling wine was established as a separate premium brand. The label bears the portrait of Clemens Wenzel Prince of Metternich-Winneburg (1773-1859). Today, four Fürst von Metternich sect are produced with different colored necklaces. These are "Dry" at 24 g / l, "Extra Dry" at 18 g / l, "Brut" at 12 g / l and "Rose" at 22 g / l dosage.
After the death of the founder in 1912, his youngest son Friedrich Wilhelm Söhnlein (1860-1948) took the lead. The company name was changed in 1922 to "Söhnlein Rheingold AG". In 1933, the sparkling wine cellar "Schloss Rheinberg" was taken over, which is still produced today as a separate brand. Finally, in 1958, the sparkling wine cellar "Söhnlein Rheingold" was taken over by the Bielefeld entrepreneur Rudolf August Oetker (1916-2007). Further expansion followed in 1961 with the purchase of the sparkling wine maker Lutter & Wegner. In 1964, the consumer brand "Söhnlein Brillant" was introduced, from which more than one billion 0.75 l bottles have been sold. Other brands Söhnlein Brillant are red, non-alcoholic, rosé and rosé non-alcoholic. Finally, in 1987, a merger of long-time competitors Söhnlein and Henkell occurred. The company was renamed until the end of 2008 under the name "Henkell & Söhnlein Sektkellereien KG" and since the beginning of 2009 as " Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei KG ". The company with all brands is one of the big ones Oetker Group,