GCF continues international expansion with Viña Las Niñas acquisition in Chile and celebrates IWC trophy success

GCF is continuing its international expansion programme with the recent acquisition of Viña Las Niñas in the Apalta region of Chile, and is also celebrating IWC 2022 success after winning the Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy for its Las Niñas Ella Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, DO Valle de Colchagua 2021. In addition to GCF’s 68 properties in France, the business has already extended its footprint in Europe with the purchase of Castillo…

Château d’Arche, Sauternes Grand Cru Classé launches new style dry white Bordeaux using pioneering study into botrytis aromas

Awarded Grand Crus status in the 1855 classification, Château d’Arche is best known for its Sauternes, but now it has launched its first dry white Bordeaux, A – Château d’Arche 2020, based on a pioneering study it has undertaken into the aromatic precursors from botrytis. Working closely with the ISVV Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin, the technical team at Château d’Arche, represented by its technical director,…

No 1 French brand Calvet announces the launch of new Calvet Kitchen marketing campaign

The UK’s no 1 French wine brand, Calvet, owned by GCF, is launching a new promotional campaign this month for 2022 called Calvet Kitchen. The concept, which gives a nod to BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, has been designed to both increase awareness and humanise the brand by positioning Calvet in a convivial, culinary setting alongside top French chefs, sommeliers and GCF regional winemakers. The campaign will also highlight that Calvet is…

Nozeco, the UK’s no 1 alcohol-free*sparkling wine brand, doubles sales in 2021

      Sales of Nozeco, the UK’s leading alcohol-free* sparkling wine brand owned by GCF, more than doubled in 2021, rocketing by 115%. Nozeco is made from de-alcoholised wine at GCF’s production facility in Landiras near Bordeaux, where a brand new de-alcoholisation plant has recently been completed using a state-of-the-art process to enable the aromas to be kept intact and improve overall product quality. Nozeco has an abv of…

Famille Helfrich Portfolio tasting comes to Manchester and London as next phase in expansion plans

For the first time, the Famille Helfrich Portfolio Tasting for the independents and on-trade will take place in both Manchester and London this year on 5 and 12 October respectively. It is hoped the new locations – Manchester Hall and 67 Pall Mall – will open up the event to a wider audience of Famille Helfrich’s existing customers and drive new business as part of their new expansion plans in…

Celebrate National Oyster Day with Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet on 5 August 2021

Ormarine, in partnership with Maison Jeanjean, is the leading producer of AOP Picpoul de Pinet, the most widely made white wine in the Languedoc region of the south of France and a very popular choice for summer drinking. Ormarine makes a range of innovative and sustainably produced Picpouls ranging from classic to their flagship wine which is aged for four months in Acacia barrels. But it is their classic Picpoul…

Famille Helfrich, premium on-trade and independents arm for Les Grands Chais de France, recruits for London and the South

Famille Helfrich, the On Trade & Independent Merchant arm of no 1 French winemaker (exc cooperatives), Les Grands Chais de France, has recruited Julien Dillmann as National Account Manager to spearhead their quest to grow and support their customer base in London and the South. Starting with the business next month, Dillmann will be responsible for the strategic development of Famille Helfrich’s RTM in the south of the country with…

No 1 French brand Calvet’s Crémant de Bordeaux Brut Rosé is VIP partner at UK’s largest food and drink Festival, Foodies

No 1 French brand in the UK, Calvet, has partnered with the UK’s largest dedicated food and drink festival series, Foodies, this summer to become the VIP sponsor at all 10 events. The Calvet VIP Lounge will offer premium branded hospitality including a welcome glass of Calvet Crémant de Bordeaux Brut Rosé to all VIP festival guests. Stand out VIPs include, Michelin starred chefs like Glynn Purnell, TV Celebrity chefs…

Laurent Delaunay teams up with winemaker cousin to launch disruptive new Chablis brand Grand Calcaire

President of Badet Clément, talented winemaker and brand creator, Laurent Delaunay has teamed up with his winemaker cousin, Dominique Gruhier, to shake things up a bit in Chablis. The pair have created a contemporary, international brand, Grand Calcaire, that encapsulates their extensive combined knowledge of the region and their shared vision for the future. Cousins and lifelong friends, Laurent and Dominique are the fifth generation of the Delaunay family, a…

Christophe Briotet, Head Winemaker at Burgundy’s Edouard Delaunay wins IWC’s White Winemaker of the Year

Following on from 2020, which saw Burgundy’s Edouard Delaunay become the biggest winner at the IWC 2020 with 8 trophies, including Red Winemaker of the Year (and Best International Pinot Noir and Best French Red Wine), 2021 sees their winning streak continue as Christophe Briotet, their Head Winemaker, has made it the double and been crowned the IWC White Winemaker of the Year. Success has come again to talented young…