The German company was founded in 1855 by Adam Josef Racke (1827-1913) in Bingen on the Rhine and is today one of the leading suppliers of premium wines. The family, still spelled Raquet or Raqué at the time, was of French or Huguenot origin. At first, they sold wine and wine vinegar and produced brandy, but soon they also ran their own winery. Son Georg Racke (1860-1914) successfully continued the business, he was also a delegate to the DWV (German Winegrowers' Association) and president of the Bingen winery owners. After his early death, son-in-law Heinrich Moller-Racke (1884-1967) took over the management. After the Second World War, a large part of the business facilities were destroyed by bombs. Reconstruction took place under Harro Moller-Racke (1920-2006). In his era, the brand "Racke Rauchzart" was created as the first German whisky. From 1960, the red wine "Amselfelder" (Kosovo) was launched, which became one of the most successful branded wines in Germany.
The glossary is a monumental achievement and one of the most important contributions to wine knowledge. Of all the encyclopaedias I use on the subject of wine, it is by far the most important. That was the case ten years ago and it hasn't changed since.Andreas Essl