WHO IS VINOHERCK?
Vinoherck was founded in 1944 but the company's roots date back much further. In 1909, the Van Herck family owned a shelter/bar in the Port of Antwerp.
Their clients were mostly dockers and crew members of the numerous ships that came by Antwerp. The idea of this shelter/bar was that the dock workers
needed protection from rainfall, storms, cold, ... . In the shelter/bar of the Van Herck family, called "In 't Verbrand Stapelhuis" ("The burned warehouse"),
they could find some shelter and in the meantime have a glass and a meal.
It was from this place that one of the founders of Vinoherck, Mr. Edmond Van Herck, started to import wines in bulk, mostly in oak barrels.
This activity began at a very modest scale, but it grew very rapidly. In 1944 Edmond Van Herck made a partnership with the co-founder of
Vinoherck, Mr. Armand Van den Bergh, who owned a distillery. Together, they bought a building in the centre of Antwerp with enough room for bottling and storage and so Vinoherck was born. Early 2014, Vinoherck relocated its offices and warehouse to the renovated buildings formerly owned by Wijnnatie.
Vinoherck celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2014. Over the years, the company developed into an important player on the Belgian market
of wines and spirits with a growing presence on the international market.
Vinoherck as importer
Every wine that Vinoherck offers to its clients, comes directly from the producers in their
country of origin. There is no exception to this rule, so clients can be sure that they will
get the best prices possible. In 1953, Vinoherck was the first company to import large
quantities of wine in bulk by ship. The growth of the activities continued and eventually
the warehouses in the centre of Antwerp became too small to bottle and store bulk wines.
In 1972 Vinoherck took over the building and equipment of another wine merchant in the
Port of Antwerp and created its daughter company, Eurovino. Since then, Vinoherck benefits
from a unique situation in the heart of one of the largest ports in the world. Step by
step, the equipment and the buildings were modernised and expanded. Today, the total
surface in the Port of Antwerp equals 6.000 m².
Vinoherck imports wines from all over the world, in bulk as well as bottled in their
country of origin (mise d'origine). For many products, Vinoherck has the exclusive
import rights for the Belgian market. In the Port of Antwerp, Vinoherck has a total
storage capacity for bulk wines of approximately 3.500.000 litres in inox tanks with
an individual capacity ranging from 3.500 to 100.000 litres. For the selection of
the wines, Vinoherck maintains a very strict procurement policy. After their importation,
the evolution of the wines is constantly monitored by a team of professionals.
Vinoherck especially recruited a cellar master from Burgundy and a specialist
from Bordeaux to join its Belgian staff as full time employees. Besides the bulk
wines, Vinoherck has a permanent stock on hand of approximately 500.000 bottles.
Vinoherck as supplier and distributor
Vinoherck develops its commercial activities mainly towards
wholesalers and wine merchants stores. Thanks to the import of wines in large
quantities, the bottling activity and the unique situation in the Port of Antwerp,
Vinoherck can offer its wines at extremely competitive prices. We maintain a complete
distinction between the products delivered to specialised stores on the one hand,
and to the supermarkets on the other hand. Our wines are instantly delivered from
our stock on demand of the clients, whether it is in bottles, in bulk or in Bag-In-Box.
The situation in the Port of Antwerp, right in the very heart of the European gastronomy,
creates many opportunities to export the imported and bottled wines to other countries
within the European Union and abroad.
Vinoherck as bottler
Vinoherck disposes of an automatic bottling installation that is
used for its own products as well as for products of third parties. Vinoherck also
fills its wines in Bag-in-Box and stainless steel kegs. The company has its own
labels, but also works with the clients' label on demand.
Vinoherck as storage specialist
Vinoherck also stores bulk wines and liquors for third parties in the best possible circumstances.
Our warehouses are climatised and the wines are kept in stainless steel tanks under
nitrogen blanket to prevent any contact with the atmosphere. They remain under the
constant supervision of our team of experts. The tanks are monitored and every treatment
is automatically registered to maintain full traceability.
Vinoherck as customs office
Vinoherck handles all administration towards the Belgian
customs regarding excises and import duties in its two bonded warehouses.
The goods inside are free of excises until they leave the warehouse. However,
Vinoherck can deliver goods free of excises, when the proper documents
accompany the goods and when the client also has a registered bonded warehouse.
Vinoherck as producer
Vinoherck is also a producer when it comes to (sweet) fortified wines and liquors.
We produce for our own clients with our
own labels as well as for third parties, who have their private labels.