The origin of the important wine trading house "Harvey's of Bristol" in the port city of Bristol in southwest England goes back to 1796. In that year, the cellar in Denmark Street, which still exists today, was opened under an Augustinian monastery built in 1140 that no longer exists. The first John Harvey joined the company in 1822. John Harvey III made a name for himself with innovative promotional activities for the port and sherry wines marketed by the company. In 1946 the legendary Harry Waugh (1904-2001) joined the company as a wine salesman. Together with the general manager George McWatters, a member of the Harvey family, the next 20 years saw the company achieve a leading position in the wine trade, in training young people and in sponsoring the arts. One of the many famous wine experts and later Masters of Wine who emerged from the company was the taster Michael Broadbent (born 1927). In the 1950s, Jack Harvey produced his own Harvey's Sherry, but not from his own vineyards. In 1962, the Cockburn Port Wine House was taken over and the port wines soon gained an equally excellent reputation.
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