Barton and Guestier: From wine entrepreneurs to global corporation

Barton and Guestier: From wine entrepreneurs to global corporation

by Dr. Elinor Garely, editor in chief of

One of the numerous interesting areas of  the wine industry is that you won’t ever know everything. No matter just how many wines are experienced, books read, or experts interviewed, there’s something new and interesting to understand always. To crank up my knowledge, I joined a combined band of Estonian Barton & Guestier (B&G) wine sellers and their clients at the Barton & Guestier Wine and Food Academy at Chateau Magnol in Blanquefort, Haut-Medoc, France.

The Academy is directed by Solange Galan, the scholarly education Manager for Chateau Magnol, a 19th century property that sits on over 42-acres, with bedrooms, a Grand Salon, dining area, music room and the Thomas Barton Club room with bar, pool darts and table. All rooms en-suite are, and decorated with antique furniture tastefully.

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Chateau guests experience gourmet French cuisine made by an in-house chef, wines from the B&G portfolio, classroom – based educational programs that concentrate on enhancing your wine understanding of guests from your wine industry (from oenologists, sommeliers, wine sellers and industry buyers to wine journalists and educators) and on-site visits to noted wine communities and local wineries. The educational program includes days gone by history of wine, days gone by history of B&G, smelling and tasting techniques having an emphasis wine and food pairings.

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Chateau Magnol dates to 1842 back, when Monsieur Delisse, an agronomist, consolidated his vineyards surrounding the former Chateau du Dehez. In 1969, the vineyards were acquired by Barton & Guestier and their major financial investment enabled an update to the vineyards and the cellars. In 1979, your wine was classified as “Cru Bourgeois,” and the ongoing company purchased the Chateau and consolidated the vineyards beneath the Chateau Magnol name.

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