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Adam Henkell (1801-1866) founded a wine trading company in Mainz in 1832, laying the foundation for today's company "Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei KG", which is part of the large Oetker Group. Sparkling wine was also produced from 1856, the year of its foundation. In 1866 son Rudolf Henkell (1843-1912) took over the management. His son Otto Henkell I. (1869-1929) joined his father's company in 1891. Under him the famous brand "Henkell Sect Trocken" was created in 1894. It was a resounding success and by 1910 had propelled the company to the top of the German sparkling wine industry. An ultra-modern sparkling wine cellar was completed in 1909 and the company headquarters moved to Wiesbaden-Biebrich am Rhein. After the death of Otto Henkell I, his brother Karl Henkell took over from 1929 until his death in a bombing raid in 1944.

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