In 1964 Peter Margaritoff founded the company "Hanseatische Wein- und Sekt-Kontor", which was then continued by his son Alexander Margaritoff from 1981 onwards (at that time the turnover was 10 million DM). Subsequently, many companies from the wine & spirits industry were either taken over to a larger extent or joint ventures were entered into (see complete list below). Some of these are still managed by the previous owners, but work closely together in accordance with the "Corporate Governance Code" of Hawesko Holding AG.
The Hawesko Group is Germany's largest trading house for high-quality wines, champagnes and spirits and one of the most important and largest wine suppliers in the world. The company is divided into three segments: e-commerce (Internet trade), retail (retail trade) and B2B (business-to-business). It bundles entrepreneurially managed premium wine retail brands, each with its own clear profile and established market position. There are 18 brands in total. Through its B2B relationships, the Hawesko Group holds exclusive distribution rights for many leading top segment wines from well-known wineries around the world.
In the online shop Hawesko.de you can choose from around 2,500 wines from all the world's major wine growing regions. In Europe, these are Bulgaria, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Portgal and Spain, and in the New World Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA. HAWESKO's own wine brands are for example "Marqués de Sandoval" (Spanish DO Calatayud) and "Mount Athos" from the Holy Mountain (from Tsantali).
In 2015, the investment company TOCOS took over the majority of the company with 72.6% from Detlev Meyer (founder of the clothing chain CBR), who has since then acted as chairman of the supervisory board. This resulted in the resignation of Alexander Margaritoff as CEO and his withdrawal as major shareholder (previously 30%). Since 1998, the Group has been listed under the name Hawesko Holding AG on the Hamburg and Frankfurt stock exchanges. In the year 2018, a turnover of 524 million euros was generated by around 1,000 employees. The brands or companies and Internet platforms are:
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