Fesq & Company was founded in 1848 when a young man travelled from Bordeaux as a supercargo. Georges Fesq worked for his uncles Vigourous Freres, negociants on the Quai des Chartrons in Bordeaux. A supercargo travelled with the goods, selling them in the various ports of call. Upon arrival in Sydney, Georges decided he wanted to stay and wrote home to his uncles asking for more wine to sell. Long before he died in 1899 the business had prospered and been passed to his son. An 1858 advertisement in the Sydney Morning Herald announced a shipment of (amongst others) Chateau Lafite 1848, Chateau Latourblanche Sauternes and “fine Medoc, in hogsheads, guaranteed direct from the vineyards at Margaux district, near Bordeaux”.
Our price list from the 1880s offered, at /- (shillings) per case:
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1875 95/-
Chateau Latour 1875 80/-,
Chateau Yquem 1875 90/-,
Clos de Vougeot (“still”) 90/-
Sparkling Moselle and Sparkling Hock were amongst the most expensive wines at 90/-; Champagne Moet at 120/- was the most expensive wine. The list also offered Antilles Rhum and many other spirits, Bull Dog, Boar’s Head and Foster’s ales, Beaver Stout, Extra Table Madeira and Havana cigars. Today the firm, happily confined to wine, is still owned by the family and the fifth and sixth generations work in the business. The portfolio includes some of Australia and New Zealand’s foremost wine producers and a selection of great French wines from Alsace, the Rhone and the Loire. Fesq & Company operates in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
For each of our wines, the wholesale price is determined by retail pricing which will represent, as a minimum, good value to a consumer. In most instances we believe we achieve more than the minimum and “over deliver” at each price point. Our prices are not “front loaded” in order to entice business with spectacularly deep discounts. Everyone knows you can have a 20% Off Sale if you have loaded the prices by 25% beforehand. As a result, the market values of our wines are not subject to wide variation and fluctuation.
Above and beyond offering a superb range of wines, Fesq & Company is committed to delivering a totally professional service, from quality sales representation and effective marketing solutions, through to attentive customer service and reliable distribution.