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ALTHOUGH INITIALLY A BORDEAUX-BASED ASSOCIATION, WI&NE HAS ALWAYS HAD A NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL VOCATION.

After the Gironde capital and the vast Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, WI&NE is progressively expanding towards the South-East, first in Occitanie and now in Provence-Rhône. The other French wine regions are also in the pipeline!

This development makes WI&NE the absolute specialist in wine and spirits property in France with a network of key experts throughout the territory.

But as each region remains unique, we invite you to discover their specific characteristics and key experts here.

Bordeaux

The Bordeaux Protected Denomination of Origin (PDO or AOC in French) is France’s largest wine-producing area. 

Some Facts and Figures:
• Vineyard surface area of 110,000 ha (¼ of France’s PDO vineyard);
• 5,700 winegrowers and 300 merchants;
• 65 appellations in PDO;
• 666 million bottles produced annually;
• €4 billion in annual sales of which 55% in France and 10% in China (No. 1 export market).

The great wines of Bordeaux are renowned and recognized worldwide. The region attracts many investors mainly for its vineyards but also its rich cultural and real estate heritage, a symbol of the French art of living.


Understanding the complexity of these interrelated elements cannot be accomplished alone. The main reasons that drive international wine enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, financiers or venture capitalists to invest in the Bordeaux vineyards are:

• The potential profitability of their financial investment;
• The acquisition of historical, sometimes classified, real estate assets;
• The knowledge of wine-loving export markets around the world.

Indeed, although investors often value the region’s natural, gastronomic and architectural heritage, they are, above all, mindful of the return they can expect from their investments. Beyond the way of life and the passion for wine, an exceptional vintage is now a highly-prized and rare asset. Also, the wine tourism development in Bordeaux supports the investor in the diversification of his sources of income.

The main thing to remember is that vineyards are not exportable and will always remain on French soil. Suppose foreign wine-loving investors can invest the necessary fortunes to further develop the Bordeaux wine industry; in that case, a fair balance in investment and export relations seems to be an excellent opportunity for wine production and tourism in Bordeaux.

Cognac

The strictly delimited Cognac terroir is located in Charente and Charente-Maritime. Cognac production is intrinsically linked to the history of distillation. This technique, introduced by the Dutch in the 16th century, preserved the quality of Charente wine during shipment. It further developed in the 17th century with the emergence of double distillation.

A few figures on Cognac:
• A vineyard surface area of over 80,000 hectares;
• No. 1 white wine vineyard in France;
• 10% of the total French vineyard area;
• 4,300 winegrowers (including 3,600 distillers) and 300 merchants;
• 220 million bottles sold annually;
• €3.6 billion in annual sales;
• 98% of the cognac production is exported;
• China is the second-largest market.


Despite this apparent diversity, four cognac houses account for 90% of the global market and one, Hennessy, almost 50%. This downstream market concentration, added to the disparity of the upstream market (the average vineyard surface area being 19 hectares), makes investment in cognac very complex. Land prices continue to climb while current winegrowers are looking to expand. Although eaux de vie are selling well, thanks to the sustained demand, supplies are tight.

In short, the good health of the cognac economy makes investment complicated. In addition, cognac production is difficult to sell outside the traditional circuits held by the big cognac houses (all owned by international wine and spirits groups).

Therefore, it is fundamental to have good local insights into the economy, infrastructure and market players to make a successful investment. Thus, for the time being, few outside investors, particularly foreigners, have elected the Cognac region for their business venture.

Today, Occitanie represents the largest wine-producing region in the world in terms of surface area and production volume: 5% of the world’s production comes from Occitanie!

Some Facts and Figures:
• A vineyard surface area of 268,000 ha spreading over two wine-producing zones : the South-West (38,000 ha) and Languedoc-Roussillon (230,000 ha);
• Viticulture is the No. 1 leading sector of employment in the region (100,000 jobs);
• 14.8 million hectoliters produced annually, representing one-third of the total French production;
• It is France’s leading organic wine-producing region, representing one-third of all French organic vineyards.

Beyond its size, this region’s terroir is blessed with a mosaic of soils, sub-soils, climates and grape varieties. Thus, counting several PDO appellations.

Offering a wide range of wines in all three colors – white, red, and rosé – Occitanie attracts progressively more investors, whether on historic properties or modernized estates.
Moreover, the constant qualitative progression of the last decades makes it an extremely dynamic playing field. More affordable than elsewhere, wine investment projects with tremendous potential are multiplying in this region.

WI&NE Provence-Rhône covers two major French wine regions.

Provence extends from Nice to Avignon with some 370 wine estates and châteaux. This region benefits from the high attractiveness of quality rosé wines production recognized worldwide. The major wine and spirits groups (LVMH, Pernod Ricard) and celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are snatching up the most prestigious estates.

The Rhône Valley, the second-largest PDO vineyard in France after Bordeaux, stretches from Avignon to Vienna (south of Lyon) and has enjoyed great dynamism in recent years. Quality producers rub shoulders with famous merchants and qualitative cooperative wineries in this region, offering a unique diversity.

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Whether you plan to buy a wine estate or manage one, each WI&NE wine expert will work directly with you and is committed to providing you with their services as soon as possible. You choose the areas of expertise you need and call on the corresponding expert(s). You can include our experts at any time, whether in the preparation phase of your project to buy a wine estate, the realization phase or, later, in the management phase of your vineyard. WI&NE offers you the opportunity to work with your teams and to intervene in addition to your own experts, in particular to assist you in understanding the French rules in this area, buying a wine estate being an act subject to specific legislation.

Whether you are planning to buy a wine estate or manage one, each WI&NE wine expert will work directly with you and is committed to providing you with their services as soon as possible. You choose the areas of expertise you need and call on the corresponding expert(s). You can integrate our experts at any time, whether in the preparation phase of your project to buy a wine estate, that of the realization or, later, in the management phase of your vineyard. WI&NE also offers you the possibility of working with your teams and of intervening in addition to your own experts, in particular to assist you in understanding the French rules in this area, buying a wine estate being an act subject to specific legislation.

Whether you are planning to buy a wine estate or manage one, each WI&NE wine expert will work directly with you and is committed to providing you with their services as soon as possible. You choose the areas of expertise you need and call on the corresponding expert(s). You can integrate our experts at any time, whether in the preparation phase of your project to buy a wine estate, that of the realization or, later, in the management phase of your vineyard. WI&NE also offers you the possibility of working with your teams and of intervening in addition to your own experts, in particular to assist you in understanding the French rules in this area, buying a wine estate being an act subject to specific legislation.

WI&NE Experts!

Benoit Ab-der-Halden

Vineyard Transaction Expertise

Cabinet viticole St Vincent

Provence-Rhône

Céline Baillet

Industrial Property Consulting

Inlex

Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie

Jean Barot

Vineyard Land Valuation Expertise

Cabinet d’expertise foncière

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Philippe Bonnin

Tax & Legal Law Counsel

Ulysse

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Timothée Bouffard

Wine Brokerage Expertise

Bureau RIPERT

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Pierre de Boussac

Accounting Advisory & Services

Actheos

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Alan Bouvier

Corporate Restructuring Law Counsel

Quesnel & Associés

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

François Cayron

Accounting Advisory & Services

GRANT THORNTON

Occitanie

Iryna Chabin

CSR Consulting

Dycia

Occitanie

Samuel Chouzenoux

Bank Institution Services

Caisse Épargne Aquitaine Poitou-Charentes

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Laetitia Dafonseca

Accounting Advisory & Services

O CONSEILS AGRI

Occitanie

Olivier Dauga

Wine Consulting

LE FAISEUR de VIN

Occitanie

Hélène Dessort

Vineyard Property Disposal & Acquisition Expertise

PONCET & PONCET / CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL

Occitanie

Olivier Deweerdt

Winery Insurance Expertise

AXA MCD Assurances

Occitanie

Laurent Dimajo

Sicsoe

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

François Drounau

Communication & Marketing Services

L’ASSEMBLAGE

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Maxence Ducellier

Labor and Employment Law Counsel

ELIGE SOCIAL

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Jérôme Dufour

Œnology Analytical Laboratory

ŒNOLYSE

Provence-Rhône

Jean-Marie Dulaurens

Justice Commissioning

DULAURENS-LOUVET

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Marc Dworkin

Enology Consulting

MD CONSULTING

Provence-Rhône

Jacques Fages

Accounting Advisory & Services

Ô CONSEILS AGRI

Occitanie

José Fernandez

Energy Efficiency & Winemaking Process Consulting

ÉNERGIE CONCEPT

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Hervé Flament

Vineyard Property Disposal & Acquisition Expertise

SAFER Occitanie

Occitanie

Emmanuelle Galhaud

Notary Services

Office Notarial

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Claude Gaudin

Integrated Winery Management Consulting

VITIGESTION

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Jacques Goyet

Merger & Acquisition Law Counsel

BIGNON LEBRAY

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Antoine Huet

Vineyard Financial Analysis

VEC Vin Economie Conseil

Occitanie

Nicolas Jouanneau

Winery Insurance Expertise

FILHET-ALLARD

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Christophe Lacoste

Notary Services

Office Notarial

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

David Lawton

Vineyard Property Disposal & Acquisition Expertise

INVEST-BORDEAUX

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Edward Lawton

Vineyard Property Disposal & Acquisition Expertise

INVEST-BORDEAUX

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Sylvain Maillot

Vineyard Land Valuation Expertise

AGRISYNERGIE

Occitanie

Caroline Mansart

Agriculture & Customs Tax Law Counsel

Les CHAMPS du DROIT

Provence-Rhône

Eric Martageix

Accounting Advisory & Services

Actheos

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Ugo Martin

Wine Expertise Consulting

MARTIN MÉDOC

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Christophe Massie

Architectural Services

Agence de l’ARSENAL – SAS MASSIE

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Frederic Massie

Wine Consulting

DERENONCOURT

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Augustin Navarranne

Vineyard Transaction Expertise

CABVITIPRO

Provence-Rhône

Laurent Ourgaut

Communication & Marketing Services

COM1@ACCORD

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Eric Paolini

Wine Cellar Design & Planning

VISÉA COUTURIER

Provence-Rhône

Nathalie Parent Dumoulin

Translation Services

NEXT EDITION

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Mathieu Perromat

Audit Services

DELOITTE

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Isabelle Poitout

Wine, Urban Planning & Environmental Law Counsel

Les CHAMPS du DROIT

Provence-Rhône

Christian Prat Dit Hauret

Université de Bordeaux


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Bernard Quesnel

Corporate Restructuring Law Counsel

Quesnel & Associés

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Cyrille Redon

Accounting Advisory & Services

SODAREX Avenir

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Philippe Richebé

Bank Institution Services

BNP Toulouse

Occitanie

Nicolas Riffaud

Notary Services

Office Notarial

Provence-Rhône

Olivier Roque

Wine Expertise Consulting

Cabinet Roque

Occitanie

Gérard Sahuquet

Auction Services

Jean Dit Cazaux & Associés

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Paul-André Saulnier

Œnology Analytical Laboratory

ES20 ŒNOLOGIE

Occitanie

Frédéric Schuller

Notary Services

Office Notarial

Occitanie

Anne-Line Solvé

ABF Décisions

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Hugues Touton

Architectural Services

Touton Architectes

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Ann Truchasson

Translation Services

Vinibridge

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Louis Vallet

Merger & Acquisition Law Counsel

BIGNON LEBRAY

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Jean-François Vidal

Building Construction Services

Dune Constructions

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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