Placing the customer at the focal point of our thoughts and actions – that is the fundamental maxim of the Hawesko Group. Whether the origin be the year 1964 from a garage in Hamburg or 1974 from a rustical barn in Düsseldorf – we have consistently pursued this idea. It continues to be the basis of our concept today.


The Group is being reoriented to a more viable structure for the future, the parent company expanded into an active holding company and central service platforms introduced. This relieves the individual B2B and retail brands of administrative tasks and allows them to concentrate more on their core business. Record sales (€ 481 m) and EBIT (€ 29 m) figures.


Longstanding supervisory board member Detlev Meyer takes over a majority of shares and completes a change-of-control. A new generation comes into the Board of Management.


The Group celebrates two milestone anniversaries: turns 50, Jacques’ Wein-Depot 40. Both can look back on success stories. In this anniversary year the Group achieves sales of € 478 million and employs 925 people. Jacques’ Wein-Depot operates 285 locations.


The Spanish wine specialist Wein & Vinos, with its strong e-commerce business, comes into the Group. Online sales become more significant. The milepost of € 450 million is nearly reached.


The Wine Company starts business sending wine to Sweden.


In spite of the financial crisis, sales remain at the level of the previous year – the figure for free cash flow achieves its highest level so far. With the acquisition of Globalwine, a pillar is added in Switzerland.


40-year anniversary of and 30-year anniversary of Jacques’ Wein-Depot. The 250th depot opens. Group sales come to € 286 million.


Beginning of cooperation with Marchesi Antinori, one of the most renowned Italian wine producers. Opening of the 200th Jacques’ Wein-Depot location.


Hawesko Holding acquires a 90% majority in the historic Lübeck wine trader Carl Tesdorpf Weinhandel, founded 1678, and in the Wein Wolf Group, active in wholesale and distribution. The Hawesko Group grows larger by nearly half as a result.


Hawesko Holding AG is created by contribution-in-kind of wine-trading activities in three channels: mail order, shop retail and wholesale. The company lists on the stock exchange in May and breaks out of the Metro Group. Sales amount to € 155 million.


Opening of a new logistics center for and wholesaler CWD; Jacques’ Wein-Depot has at this point 130 depots.


The 100th Jacques’ Wein-Depot location opens.


Kaufhof Holding AG, part of the Metro Group, acquires a 70% majority in und wholesaler CWD.


Wine wholesaler CWD Champagner- und Wein-Distributionsgesellschaft is founded.


Jacques’ Wein-Depot and all 50 locations are taken over by Horten AG (later a part of Kaufhof Holding AG and then the Metro Group).


The sons of Peter Margaritoff, Alexander and Dimiter, take over; sales amount to 10 million Deutschmarks.


Two wine enthusiasts, Frenchman Jacques Héon and German Dr. Olaf Müller-Soppart, open the first Jacques’ Wein-Depot in Düsseldorf and revolutionise wine retail in Germany with their concept.


Entrepreneur Peter Margaritoff of Hamburg starts the wine mail-order company Hanseatisches Wein- und Sekt-Kontor (Hawesko). The first storage and sending facility is a garage.