History — Leonard Kreusch Wines


In 1897, at the age of 27, Leonard Kreusch, founded the family winery and began producing wines commercially.  Upon the repeal of Prohibition, the family began export of their wines to the U.S.  In 1950, Leonard Kreusch, Inc. was founded as a corporation in the state of New Jersey to serve as sole importer and distributor of the brand. Over 60 years later - now in the fourth generation - the company remains family-owned and operated and continues their mission of offering outstanding quality and value in, not only German wines, but also those from Europe’s best regions.


Historie der Familie Kreusch

The Kreusch family ca 1914 - Leonard, with his wife, Josefine, and two children


Burgmauer Label 1937

The Repeal of Prohibition provided an opportunity for the family to begin exporting their wines to the U.S.
Pictured here is one of the early Kreusch labels destined for the New York market.


Martinerfeld - Leonard Kreusch

In search of a new home for the winery, Leonard Peter Kreusch, the founder’s son, purchased the former St. Martiner Sektkellerei in 1949.  Built in 1898, the home is nestled along the left bank of the Mosel river in Trier and still serves as the company’s headquarters today.

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