Gérard Bertrand first joined in a wine harvest and discovered his passion for wine in 1975, in the vineyards of the Villemajou Estate in Corbières. He went on to learn more about wine for 12 years alongside his father, Georges Bertrand.
Attaching great importance to values such as performance and excellence honed on the rugby pitch, Gérard Bertrand continued his quest to bring out the best in terroirs from his region and promote them worldwide.
With that in mind, he decided to take on the running of the family's Villemajou Estate after his father died in an accident in 1987. Five years later, he created the Gérard Bertrand wine company to develop a range of products from the South of France.
In the years that followed, he bought the Cigalus Estate, Château Laville Bertrou and the Aigle Estate.
The acquisition in 2002 of Château l’Hospitalet, in the La Clape natural park between the ancient Roman city of Narbonne and the Mediterranean Sea, gave Gérard Bertrand a whole new dimension.
Since then, the amazing story has gone from strength to strength adding new treasures from the finest terroirs of the Languedoc region, expanded the vision and diversity of Gérard Bertrand wines: Château la Sauvageonne, Château la Soujeole, Clos d’Ora, Clos du Temple, Château les Karantes, Château Aigues-Vives, Cap Insula winery, Château des Deux Rocs, Château de Tarailhan and the Estagnère Estate.
Convinced early on that making wine in harmony with nature is the best way to bring out the typical character of a terroir and to create fine wines, Gérard Bertrand switched to biodynamic farming at the Cigalus Estate in 2002. This wine growing technique strengthens the balance between the vine and its environment. It reinforces the quality approach adopted nearly 30 years ago. The group now employs some 300 people in revealing the fine wines of this region. A healthy vineyard, a protected environment and acclaimed wines show just how right this approach is.
Some parcels have been identified as having unique potential, revealing the individual history of the place and age of an exceptional terroir. They are recognized as the Grands Crus of the South of France.
Producing great wines requires patience, maturity and rigor, but the same vision must be shared with one’s team. It also takes a healthy dose of intuition to bring out the soul of the terroir. And understanding the different steps – harvest, bottling, vinification and aging – and not being afraid of "the thousand and one details" that lead to Excellence.
Innovation is a watchword for the Gérard Bertrand group, which sets trends through unique, delicious wines and exquisitely designed bottles.
Production covers high-quality wines, biodynamic wines and organic wines with or without sulfite for all types of consumers, as shown with our Autrement, Naturae and Réserve Spéciale ranges. Innovation also means novel, immensely beautiful bottle designs, such as those for the Côte des Roses or Perles de Sauvignon range, created by French designer Chantal Thomass.