History

Tradition as both our legacy and bond

Rotkäppchen-Mumm’s roots are many and some go back many centuries. But the recent past and the present have also been very eventful. 
 

  • 2016

    The first international company is established: Rotkappchen-Mumm Asia-Pacific in Singapore.

     

  • 2015

    And, lo’ and behold, another segment: a canned drinks culture. The South Tyrolean Aperitivo Sprizzerò de Martin is bought from the family that owns it.

     

  • 2015

    Nordbrand Nordhausen acquires the successful rum brand Asmussen, the Fläminger Jagd herb liqueur and Boddel Rum and Balle Rum.

     

  • 2015

    The International division is established.

  • 2014

    And another segment once again: Rotkäppchen Fruchtsecco and Jules Mumm Plus are successful new fizzy wine-based mixed drinks.

     

  • 2013

    Start of a generational change on Rotkäppchen-Mumm’s top floor: Gunter Heise, after 20 years as the chairman of the managing board, becomes chairman of the advisory council. Chairman of the board is now Christof Queisser.

     

  • 2011

    In Eltville, all 600 staff celebrate 200 years of Matheus Müller.

     

  • 2009

    Acquisition of the successful French wine brand Blanchet from Racke.

     

  • 2008

    And another potentially successful new product is Rotkäppchen Alkoholfrei (alcohol-free).

     

  • 2007

    In Nordhausen, Nordbrand has a huge party to celebrate 500 years of distilling corn.

     

  • 2006

    And another segment: by taking over Eckes Spirituosen & Wein, “Germany’s house of sparkling wine, wine and spirits” is formed. Chantré, Mariacron, Echter Nordhäuser, Eckes Edelkirsch and Nordbrand Nordhausen are added.

     

  • 2006

    A new segment is developed: Rotkäppchen quality wine becomes an instant success.

     

  • 2006

    Right in time for the anniversary, the Kloss & Foerster brand is bought from Michael Kloss and brought back to Freyburg.

     

  • 2006

    Rotkäppchen Sektkellerei celebrates its 150th anniversary with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and 600 staff and guests.

     

  • 2003

    The thus created Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien buy Geldermann Privatsektkellerei in Breisach am Rhein from the family that owns it.

     

  • 2002

    "Rotkäppchen hat Mumm": Rotkäppchen acquires from Seagram Mumm, Jules Mumm and MM Extra, the sparkling wine cellars in Eltville and Hochheim, an entire domestic field service and a staff of about 200.

     

  • 2001

    Rotkäppchen Sekt becomes market leader in Germany and once again employs about 100 people.

     

  • 1998

    The Jules Mumm brand, with its target group of young men and women, is launched and develops well.

     

  • 1995

    Deutz and Geldermann go separate ways: Deutz Champagne is taken over by Louis Roederer and stays at Ay, Geldermann Privatsektkellerei in Breisach remains family-owned.

     

  • 1995

    Mumm becomes market leader in Germany.

     

  • 1993

    Management- buy-out by five senior managers, Gunter Heise, Dr. Lutz Lange, Jutta Polomski, Ulrich Wiegel and Hans-Jürgen Krieger plus the Harald Eckes-Chantré family.

     

  • 1952

    In Nieder-Olm in Rheinhessen, Ludwig Eckes creates the Eckes Edelkirsch cherry liqueur.

     

  • 1991

    Major sales channels having gone, Rotkäppchen Sekt’s sales fall to 3 million bottles. 300 out of 600 staff must be made redundant.

     

  • 1990

    After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Rotkäppchen Sektkellerei is made a GmbH and is administered by “Treuhand” (governmental holding company) to find a buyer.

     

  • 1988

    Sparkling wine, wine and spirits manufacturer Racke introduces Blanchet, a brand of French wines.

     

  • 1988

    In the GDR, Rotkäppchen sells 15.5 million bottles of the sparkling wine with its red cap, the highest number yet.

     

  • 1984

    Canadian Seagram, the group that now owns Mumm and Sektkellerei Burgeff in Hochheim, acquires Matheus Müller Sektkellereien.

     

  • 1953

    Ludwig Eckes creates the first “soft brandy”, Chantré, which becomes a real market leader.

     

  • 1952

    In Nieder-Olm in Rheinhessen, Ludwig Eckes creates the Eckes Edelkirsch cherry liqueur.

     

  • 1948

    Günther Kloss, owner of Kloss & Foerster, is expropriated and goes to Rüdesheim. The cellars are converted into a “Volkseigener Betrieb” (VEB; nationally owned enterprise in the GDR).

     

  • 1934

    In Cortina D'Ampezzo in Italy, Edoardo de Martin develops the Aperitivo Sprizzerò de Martin.

     

  • 1925

    Deutz & Geldermann establish a branch in Breisach am Rhein in order to avoid paying the enormous duty due on exports.

     

  • 1922

    In France in WWI, the still German Mumm family is expropriated and in Frankfurt/Main founds the G.H. von Mumm cellars. The wine is made sparkling by Matheus Müller.

     

  • 1894

    In the monastic distillery Mariacron in Oppenheim am Rhein, production of the eponymous brandy commences.

     

  • 1894

    Due to trademark litigation, Kloss & Foerster loses its main brand. The bottle’s red cap now gives "Rotkäppchen" its name.

     

  • 1892

    Kloss & Foerster and Matheus Müller are two of the 15 founders of the "Syndikat der Schaumweinfabrikanten" (sparkling-wine producers’ syndicate), precursor of today’s "Verband deutscher Sektkellereien".

     

  • 1860

    In Flensburg, H.C. Asmussen founds his “Destillationsgeschäft mit Weinhandlung“ and starts to produce rum.

     

  • 1856

    In Freyburg (Unstrut), brothers Moritz and Julius Kloss and their friend Carl Foerster found a wine store and start to produce champagne.

     

  • 1845

    Matheus Müller produces 300,000 bottles of champagne under his own name.

     

  • 1838

    In Aÿ in Champagne, William Deutz and Peter Geldermann from Aachen found Deutz & Geldermann champagne makers.

     

  • 1837

    In Eltville, Matheus Müller starts making champagne, after his sons learnt it in Champagne.

     

  • 1827

    In Reims in Champagne, the sons of the Frankfurt merchant P. A. Mumm found the eponymous champagne company.

     

  • 1811

    In Eltville am Rhein, wine merchant Matheus Müller buys the “von Sohlern'schen Hof”, origin of today’s Matheus Müller Sektkellereien.

     

  • 1507

    Distillery in Nordhausen first mentioned. Since its establishment in 1948, Nordbrand Nordhausen has successfully built upon this tradition.

     


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