traditions and values

Family business over generations

The continued existence of the company is due to the many generations of the Hardenberg family. The historical dimensions, as well as the multitude of names that have contributed to it, is too great to mention them all. Hardenberg Wilthen AG is the current end of a company history shaped by important shareholder families and at the same time the cornerstone for the future. The special importance of this brand and the knowledge of the historical tradition are our responsibility and duty to preserve the boar head for future generations.

Carl-Hans Graf von Hardenberg was a German officer, estate manager and local politician as well as a resistance fighter against National Socialism

Karl August

Karl August Prince von Hardenberg was Prussian Foreign Minister from 1804 to 1806 and State Chancellor from 1810 to 1822


Actually Georg Philipp Friedrich von Hardenberg, was a German writer of the early romantic period and philosopher

"Pleasure since 1700
our mission"

Carl Graf von Hardenberg
Carl Graf Von Hardenberg Sr
Chairman of the Board

Hardenberg – the name with the boar's head

The name "Edler von Hartesberg" was first mentioned in the archbishop's records in 1100 AD, which means something like "forest mountain". Around the year 1330 AD, an unbelievable story happened that gave the House of Hardenberg a new coat of arms from then on. The legend tells that a wild boar warned the lords of a night attack by the neighboring Plesse knights. The loud grunting of the frightened animal shook the castle that night and woke up the sleeping Hardenbergers. Resolutely they plunged into battle, putting the daring attackers to flight. And while a key was initially the symbol of the Hardenbergs, from now on the boar's head adorned the coat of arms of the house. Since the Hardenberg distillery was founded in 1700, it has also been part of the company logo as a seal of quality.

Deliver is the motto

On the Hardenberg, it has not only always been the custom to pass on old recipes from generation to generation. The famous "Century Letters" also follow this tradition. The author deposits a letter for 100 years, which the heir and heir living at the time may open on a specified day shortly before the next turn of the century. The customer revealed in it must be fulfilled and passed on to the following Hardenbergs. In addition to the greeting, the wish to take a strong sip to the well-being of the ancestors was always recorded.


Our corporate values

Active, tradition-oriented
& Reliable

collegial, responsible
& Committed

Customer oriented, Competitive
& commercial

& Consistent