The Wine Merchant, which was acquired by Dona Bertarelli and her husband Yann Guichard in 2017, benefits from the private investors’ long-term outlook and the means to achieve its ambition.
A French national, Yann Guichard manages his investments in Private Equity and Real Estate while pursuing his sports career. Together with his wife Dona Bertarelli, he is a Patron of Nature of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as well as the co-founder of Sails of Change. He is the Chairman, co-founder and skipper of the elite sailing team, Spindrift, which is based in La Trinité-sur-Mer in Brittany. In both business and sporting endeavours, Yann Guichard’s ambition is to innovate and deliver top performance, with the support of a solid, professionally run team. As a professional sailor and former Olympian, he has completed more than 20 transatlantic multi-hull crossings, one around the world, and set many records throughout his career.
In his words
“The appreciation of fine wines continues to grow worldwide, and I see the opportunity to win new market share. The Wine Merchant combines our passion for wine with the management of a healthy company with great potential.”
Dona Bertarelli is a Swiss philanthropist, investor and sportswoman. Dona Bertarelli is Special Adviser for the Blue Economy for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Together with her husband Yann Guichard, she is a Patron of Nature of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as well as the co-founder of Sails of Change. She co-chairs the Bertarelli Foundation, serves on the Mission Blue board and is a patron of the Womanity Foundation. In 2022, she was honoured with The Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship for her work in ocean conservation. Her Family Office, Ledunfly SA, was established to serve the personal business interests and philanthropic activities of Dona Bertarelli, her children, and Yann Guichard. As an investor, with assets in hospitality and real estate, she focuses on long-term value creation. An accomplished sailor, she has won prestigious races and broken records both inshore and offshore, winning the Bol d’Or Mirabaud in 2010 and 2014. In 2016, Dona Bertarelli became the fastest woman to sail around the world, after completing the Jules Verne Trophy record attempt.
In her words
“The Wine Merchant is known as one of the top traders for Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés, and represents an opportunity for long-term growth, and the possibility to promote France’s cultural heritage abroad.”