Wenneker Distilleries was established in 1693; but today, over 320 years later, this dynamic family business is still bubbling with energy.
Over the years, Wenneker has built up a reputation for the excellent quality of its products. As a result, these are now sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.
When you browse through the website you will get to know the company behind the bottles. We are proud to tell you about our history and how it all started, but the key to our continued growth is in the development of the type of exciting and enjoyable new products that our customers are looking for today, such as our 24 Carrot Liqueur.
The history of Wenneker goes back to as early as 16 February 1693. That was the time when Hendrick Steeman was granted a license to erect two brandy Distilling-kettles. It was the very beginning of the distillery which centuries later - in 1812 – came into the possession of Joannes Wenneker.
It was his great-grandson Franciscus Wenneker, nicknamed Fokke, who due to a lack of successors sold the company in 1903 to a Malter from Schiedam; Johannes Cornelis van der Tuijn. That was the first Van der Tuijn generation to take control of Wenneker Distilleries. Today, the fourth generation has been active in the organisation and managing Wenneker Distilleries for years. In the meantime, the distillery has become nationally and internationally renowned for its high-quality range of Genevers, Gin and Liqueurs.
As volume grew steadily and exports increased, Wenneker outgrew its premises in Schiedam. However expansion at that location was not allowed, so the decision was made to move. Roosendaal was chosen from a logistical point of view, as it is located midway between the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp. And so, in 1967, Wenneker moved into the former KvW tobacco factory in the Badhuisstraat.
Over the years Wenneker has negotiated a number of takeovers. Famous distilleries such as Piersma, Duys, Smeets and most recently Distillery J.J Melchers Wz. Schiedam (with Olifant (Elephant) as their best known label) were bought by Wenneker during the course of the years, as was the wine merchant Dirk Struys & Zoon. The portfolio had become very wide with lots of different brands to support. The brand Wenneker grew steadily, especially abroad, whereas the other brands faced tough competition mainly in the domestic market. In order to focus on the brand Wenneker, most of the other brands were sold in 2014. This visualises that Wenneker Distilleries has always moved with the times and still is very much on the move. However, what has not changed and what will never change, is that quality is the priority at all times; craftsmanship is an indispensable ingredient in each of our products. At the same time, an exceptionally high level of service has always been of paramount importance. In this department too you can trust us completely.
We do what we do as we have a passion for drinks and want to share this passion with the whole world. That is why we concentrate on the sales and marketing of quality distilled beverages, and the continuous development of our brands through close cooperation with our partners worldwide.