Friedrich Wilhelm Petzsch founded the "Cognac Distillery Petzsch" in 1898, and the company has been based in Bingen since 1911. The company name had to be changed to "Weinbrennerei Scharlachberg GmbH" in 1919 due to the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles. Since then, the name Cognac has been reserved for products from the French region of Charente. The new name was derived from the Scharlachberg vineyard in Bingen-Büdesheim in the German wine-growing region of Rheinhessen. In the course of time, the company expanded considerably to become the largest commercial enterprise in the town with an international reputation. In 1979, the Scharlachberg sparkling wine cellar was taken over, which then went to the Henkell sparkling wine company in 1988. The brandy "Scharlachberg Meisterbrand" (36% vol.), registered as a trademark as early as 1920, is distilled from selected wines, preferably from the Charente region, and matures for at least six months in more than 20,000 Limousin oak barrels. There is also the product "Stern-Marke", which is made from alcohol and wine distillates according to an old recipe and tradition (a so-called brandy blend). The wine distillery and the spirits brands were taken over by the Racke company in 1992, but the company sold everything on to the Henkell company in 2004.