Gérard Bertrand owns 11 winemaking estates with 600 hectares of vineyards across the best terroirs Languedoc has to offer.
Each estate displays its own style, unique across the vintages. These are the stars of the Languedoc crus, mostly trailblazers, role models for their appellation. They are first and foremost ‘true’ chateaux steeped in history, whose wines regularly feature in competitions and guides. The grapes are picked by hand, yields are low, and work is done in the vineyards to allow the old vines to bloom and to ensure a diverse range of grape varieties. These estate wines are ‘hand-stitched’ by Gérard Bertrand.
Gérard Bertrand is also a partner to 40 winemaking estates in independent wineries and 10 wine cooperatives.
All Gérard Bertrand wines have a common identity: they are wines expressing the South of France, balanced and elegant.
It is without a doubt this desire for quality and these exceptional terroirs which today make us a key player among fine wine, both in France and abroad, and why our wines can be found at the most star-studded occasions the world over.
Gérard Bertrand has made a strong, voluntary commitment to sustainable development, responding to the growing demand from consumers as well as the global need to reduce the adverse effects of greenhouse gases on the climate. Establishing partnerships with organic farmers, acting to preserve our landscapes and winegrowing terroirs, and promoting biodiversity are ker priorities for Gérard Bertrand and his winemaking teams. We adhere to responsible agricultural specifications within our estates, applying Terra Vitis and organic farming standards. Some of our vineyards are managed following biodynamic guidelines, certified by DEMETER.
“Preserving the environment durably, restoring harmony, maintaining ecosystems, putting the emphasis on the skill of our winemakers, reaching out to new generations: these are the challenges we face today, and the obligations we will be faced with tomorrow.”
In 1924, Rudolf Steiner introduced the practice of biodynamics, a method which involves much more than simply eschewing artificial chemicals. Biodynamic winegrowing involves nurturing the soil and the vines in their natural environment using preparations of plant, animal and mineral origin (cow horns, herb, quartz etc.). The preparations are made with dynamised water and applied at specific times in accordance with the astronomic cycle (moon, sun and planets) and delicate natural rhythm, showing the optimum days for sowing, pruning and harvesting. Biodynamic agriculture is now used for eight of Gérard Bertrand's estates.
With 10,000 wines from all over the world tasted by a panel of experts and a three-stage tasting process, the International Wine Challenge is the most prestigious international competition around and recognises the best wines and winemakers on the planet.
In 2012 Gérard Bertrand was named Red Winemaker of the Year after winning 46 accolades and 2 trophies for his wines.