A heritage of perfection, for over 50 years, Royal Wine Corp. has been owned and operated in the United States by the Herzog family, whose winemaking roots date back eight generations to 19th century Czechoslovakia.
Founded in 1848, the Herzog family winery was renowned as the Royal wine supplier to the emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Emperor Franz Joseph, eventually earning Phillip Herzog (1843-1918) the royal title of Baron.
The winery was seized by the Nazis at the onset of World War II and placed under the control of a Christian man designated to manage production. The Herzogs survived the war in hiding and were supported with smuggled profits from the winery. In 1948, after the Communist takeover in Czechoslovakia, Eugene Herzog, the head of the Herzog family, moved the family to the United States.
Settling in New York City, Eugene Herzog went to work for Royal Wine Corp. which was started by the Pluczenik brothers in the 1940s as a winemaker, truck driver and salesman. Part of Eugene’s salary was paid in company shares and by 1958, Eugene was a majority stockholder and purchased the company.
Eugene, with his four sons, incorporated the name Kedem, and began a quest to regain the splendor of the Herzog family name. While the company began modestly with one line of traditional wines for sacramental purposes, the Herzogs set their sights on redefining the kosher wine industry and setting progressively higher standards.
Today the Royal Wine Corporation is the unequivocal leader in the kosher wine and beverage industry, in quality, range of products, modern production methods, innovative packaging and marketing. All Royal products are certified kosher and are therefore prepared in adherence to the highest standards of cleanliness and purity, requiring meticulous care and pristine winemaking conditions.
Royal prides itself providing the finest wines, spirits and liqueurs from all over the world with products hailing from Italy, Israel, France, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Canada and the United States.