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Wein-Bauer Inc.: Prost to 30 years

May 11, 2010

Company today one of the premier importers of fine wine, beers and spirits in the U.S.

30 years of Wein-Bauer Inc. in the U.S.! When Gaby and Manfred Bauer started their beverage importing and distributing business 30 years ago, no one thought it would become one of the premier importers of fine wine, beers and spirits in the U.S. Consul General Thomas Schnoell, Trade Commissioner Franz Roessler and Consul Gernot Wiedner (Austrian Embassy) joined the Bauers at their 30th Anniversary Event at the River East Art Center and wished them much success for the next 30 years.
The company’s history sounds like a typical American dream: In 1980, Manfred Bauer founded Wein-Bauer, Inc. located in Franklin Park, IL. For years, Manfred traveled between Europe and the U.S. to manage his business here and abroad. In 1984, he and his wife Gaby relocated full-time to the United States to manage their quickly expanding import company hands-on. Manfred soon saw the potential to fill a market niche in the United States through importation of fine European wines, spirits and beers. In 1988, when Mr. Bauer saw a need for a specialized distribution company to handle his own wines as well as those from carefully selected domestic wineries, he opened Wein-Bauer Distribution, Inc.
Today, Wein-Bauer, Inc. and Wein-Bauer Distribution, run as separate companies, are fast becoming heavy-hitters in the ever-changing alcoholic beverage industry. Items such as Turn Me Red from Austria have been very well received and sales are far exceeding expectations. Wein-Bauer, Inc., is today one of the leading U.S. importers of Austrian wines. Today Wein-Bauer is located in a 25,000 square foot warehousing facility conveniently situated in an industrial area just two blocks south of Chicago’s O'Hare Airport. The company is represented by brokers and regional managers throughout the U.S. Some of the excellent Austrian red, white and sweet wines distributed by Wein-Bauer come from winemakers Jurtschitsch Sonnhof, Hans and Christine Nittnaus, Weingut Fischer, Weingut Hutter and Willi Oppitz. Sorry, as a consumer you can’t buy wines directly from Wein-Bauer, but they will be happy to direct you to reputable dealers you can work with.