The Drathen winery has been in family possession for over 100 years whose forefathers originated from the Netherlands making their way to the Moselle via Linz on the Rhine River. The Peter Josef Drathen winery was founded in 1860 with its home in St. Aldegund and was renamed in 1927 as the Josef Drathen winery through settlement of the estate. On the death of the founder Josef Drathen in 1939 the winery was run by his widow Else, her niece Grete Gesthüsen with her husband Hugo until 1969. On 1 July 1969 the next generation represented by Arthur Gesthüsen, Dieter Gesthüsen and Josef Zirwes took over and successfully ran the business for about 30 years. By using careful business policies it was possible to open a completely new and modern winemaking facility in the business park on Zell-Barl in 1993. Since 1996 the management of the business has been in the hands of the younger generation of the family represented by Tim Gesthüsen and Jürgen Zirwes.
The Wein- & Sektkellerei Josef Drathen GmbH & Co. KG can look back over 100 years of tradition in the winemaking and sparkling wine production business which has been handed down from generation to generation. A longstanding clientele built up over decades and the interaction between a successful market-orientated management and young, motivated and dedicated staff is the basis of our success. Today, Josef Drathen GmbH & Co. KG is one of the leading winemakers and sparkling wine producers of the Moselle region.
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