“A wine civilisation exists; it is one where people seek to know one another better to avoid conflict.” Gabriel Delaunay
In 1952, Henri Martin, an eminent figure of Médoc winegrowing, then President of the CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Trade Council), established the Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux, which brings together the Bordeaux Wine Brotherhoods and all the Commanderies representing Bordeaux in France and on all continents.
The role of the Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux is to contribute to promoting the renown and influence of Bordeaux wines, by conveying their image of excellence thanks to these Wine Brotherhoods and Commanderies.
Establishment of The Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux.
The Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux becomes a non-profit organisation.
Members around the world.
Bordeaux Wine Brotherhoods. They are associations of wine professionals representing one or several appellations, their role is to maintain traditions, protect and promote their wines, and communicate their own specific philosophy.
The amount of countries Commanderies are currently based in.
Commanderies de Bordeaux. Like real embassies for Bordeaux Wine, these groups are comprised of wine lovers and even wine professionals, who share the same enthusiasm and act as representatives for all the wines of Bordeaux in their city or country.
Every year, The Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux welcomes numerous Commandeurs who wish to improve their knowledge of Bordeaux wines.
To ensure this, The Grand Conseil organises visits and wine tasting trips to estates in all the appellations of Bordeaux for these Commandeurs, who then relay the message about the excellence of Bordeaux wines, a message of fraternity and friendship conveyed by Wine.
The Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux also ensures its presence within the Commanderies thanks to visits made by the Grand Maître, by members of the Conseil Privé or by men and women who are Bordeaux winegrowers. This encourages exchanges between winegrowers, wine merchants and the Commanderies.
All the members of The Grand Conseil du Vin Bordeaux, whether they are winegrowers or wine merchants, are unpaid and carry out their role on a purely voluntary basis. For their activities with The Grand Conseil, they ab- stain from any form of promotion for their own wines.
The new President of the GCVB is Jean-Marc Dulong, who also serves as the world Grand Maître of the Commanderie de Bordeaux at headquarters in Bordeaux itself.
To find out more about the Grand Conseil Vin de Bordeaux visit https://www.gcvb.fr