The sparkling way of Henkell Freixenet

An interview with Dr Andreas Brokemper, CEO of Henkell Freixenet, by Felicity Carter.

Dr Andreas Brokemper, CEO, Henkell Freixenet
Dr Andreas Brokemper, CEO, Henkell Freixenet

The German sparkling wine company Henkell Freixenet dates back to 1832, when Adam Henkell opened a wine store in Mainz. A quarter of a century later, he began producing sparkling wine and the company went on to produce the world’s first branded sparkling wine, Henkell Trocken. Indeed, Henkell has a long tradition of innovation, including creating the Piccolo bottle in the 1930s. Over the years Henkell, owned by the Oetker Group since 1996, has amassed a comprehensive sparkling portfolio, which includes Alfred Gratien Champagne, Gratien & Meyer Crémant, Mionetto Prosecco and still and sparkling wines from Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In 2018, Henkell bought a 50.67% stake in Freixenet S.A., one of Spain’s biggest cava producers. Meininger’s went to the company headquarters in Wiesbaden to speak with CEO Dr Andreas Brokemper. 

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