Photos Jean-Barnard Nadeau – Vidéo Arnaud Fleuri
Traduction Maxine Colas
Rémi Garuz was born in 1952 and has always lived at the family property, where, for 4 generations, a succession of men and women have steadily acquired and worked the land.
Today this 50 hectare estate is made up of 30 hectares of vines and 20 hectares of cereal crops.
The property is located in the Entre-Deux-Mers region, in Saint-Brice – a small village near Sauveterre-de-Guyenne. The produce of this 30 hectare vineyard has always been brought to the co-operative cellar at Sauveterre de Guyenne.
« Both my grandfather and my father were adminsitrators of the co-operative.
Immediately after my studies, I joined my father to work on the family estate. 2010 will be my forty-fourth harvest!
In 1984 I took my father’s place on the Sauveterre co-operative’s administration board before becoming its president from 1990 to 2003? Within fifteen years, this co-operative doubled in size to become one of the largest in the Gironde region. In 1997, I became president
of Producta, a merchant company with co-operative capital. Producta represents the various componants of the co-operative organisations of the Gironde and Bergerac areas. The company groups producers of Bordeaux, the Médoc, Saint-Emilion,Bergerac and Monbazillac. Our turnover for 2009 is 42 million euros for a total of 18 million bottles sold, two thirds of which went to the domestic market and a third for export. We have a staff of 35 today.
Producta is currently developing an ambitious export programme, in order to improve the image of our shareholders’ wines and to increase sales volumes. With this in mind, we are now investing in more staff and technical means to be able to provide products which are best adapted to the target markets. Our goal is to triple the export turnover in the next 5 years.
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