About us

Van Wees has grown to become one of the largest suppliers of spirits in the world, with an assortment that is second to none.
More than 3500 brands and specialties are available from stock and we offer "one stop shopping" to customers from all over the world.
We constantly innovate and each day we face the challenge of offering the latest and best in strong liquor to the entrepreneurial customer who in turn wants to surprise his customers.

 

Our History:

1921

In 1921 Hubertus H. van Wees founded the family business "Firma J.H. van Wees Junior". He starts with a wholesale trade in 'tobacco products'. 
 

The company grows and in the fifties, after serving in the army, his eldest son Han (Johannes) joins his side at the company.                                     



1954
Hubertus suddenly passes away in 1954 and Johan, or Han as most call him, takes over. At that time his brother Ben had also already joined the company.


1963
The sales of tobacco goes well, but profits are decreasing. At that time Han decides to also start selling alcoholic beverages and obtained his license to do so in 1963.


1968
Han and Ben buy a container from the MS Hornland in 1968. This ship was on its way to the ports of Rotterdam but collided with a French cargo ship and sank to the bottom of the Nieuwe Waterweg. Besides cars and furniture, the ship also contained a container filled with whiskey. After being under water for three months, the labels had become unreadable. However, Han immediately tastes that the whiskey is of remarkable quality and purchases it. They turned out to be A-quality blends destined for South America. Because the quality was significantly better than what was available through the official Dutch importers at the time, the sales of the whiskey is enormous. The news spreads among customers who hunt and fish in Scotland, this leads to special customers.

The demand for better Single Malt Whiskey increases and therefore Van Wees puts more focus on importing well-known single malts such as Glenfarclas, Macallan and Springbank. Both official and independent bottlings. 


1987
In 1987 its time for the third generation to join the company. Maurice, the son of Han, joins the family business. He is a real entrepreneur and makes sure that the assortment together with the international trade grows tremendously.


1994
In 1994 Han and Maurice van Wees launch the Ultimate series. For this series they select the best barrels Single Malt from Scotland and bottle them in the nowadays very recognizable no-nonsense bottles with the red cap. For a fair price everyone can enjoy unique and special barrels of known, lesser known and even disappeared distilleries from all regions of Scotland. The whiskey is non-chill filtered, not colored and without additives. The label shows all information: distillery, distillation year, barrel type, barrel number, bottling date and the unique bottle number. Meanwhile more than 900 barrels have been released in "The Ultimate".

2000
In 2000, Ben van Wees retires after 40 years of running the store and the tasting room. He still remains very involved afterwards.

In March of 2006 he unexpectedly passes away.


2002
In 2002, Van Wees again got the opportunity to purchase whiskey from a ship's cargo after three ships were involved in a collision in the Nieuwe Waterweg on the 26th of November. It concerned cargo from the Western Trader, a small container ship of 166 meters, departed from Grangemouth (Scotland). On November 26th, 2002, a collision between two other ships - the Hellenic Star and the West Express - caused the Hellenic Star to lose track and hit a nine-by-four-meter gap in the Western Trader. The ship almost capsized and had to be towed to a safe slope and was quickly unloaded.   The cargo contained three dented containers containing 144 barrels of Scottish malt whiskey, destined for Japan. On the barrels were the names 'Burnside' and 'Wardhead'. Some research led to William Grant & Sons in Dufftown. They contain what is also called 'vatted malt': 99% Balvenie and 1% Glenfiddich (Burnside) and 99% Glenfiddich mixed with 1% Balvenie (Wardhead). Mixing barrels of single malts is deliberately done when they leave the distillery, so that independent bottlers can never market them under the name of the producing distillery.


Now :

Van Wees has grown to become one of the largest suppliers of spirits in the world, with an assortment that is second to none.
More than 3500 brands and specialties are available from stock and we offer "one stop shopping" to customers from all over the world.
We constantly innovate and each day we face the challenge of offering the latest and best in strong liquor to the entrepreneurial customer who in turn wants to surprise his own customers.

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