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From Rugby To Roussillon

Feb 17, 2012
From Rugby To Roussillon
Gerard Bertrand awarded Wine Enthusiast’s “European Winery of the Year”

gerardGood looks. A wine legacy. And the Mediterranean lifestyle.

For more than two decades, internationally acclaimed winemaker Gerard Bertrand has embodied the winemaking culture of his native southern France.

So it’s no surprise that Wine Enthusiast magazine awarded him “European Winery of the Year” during its annual Wine Star Awards. Bertrand, a former professional rugby player, owns five estates in Languedoc-Roussillon with more than 900 acres dedicated to carbon-neutral, organic and sustainable vineyards.

His portfolio features the full range of wines from the region, from racy rosés and peppery red blends to cremant bruts and well-balanced cabernet sauvignon. In addition to an inviting hotel and restaurant, his flagship property, Chateau L’Hospitalet, is a destination for Mediterranean culture, showcasing music festivals, local food, and truffle hunts throughout the year.

According to Wine Enthusiast, Bertrand, who began his wine training at age 10 alongside his father, the legendary Georges Bertrand, earned the prestigious award because he is dedicated to elegant, sustainably-made wines that are affordable and also engage the millennial generation.

For that, we thank you, Gerard.

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