The strenghs and performance of The Wine Merchant led Dona Guichard-Bertarelli and her husband Yann Guichard to acquire the company in April 2017 to pursue their investments in the luxury industry and give The Wine Merchant the means of its ambition.
A French national, Yann Guichard manages his investments in Private Equity and Real Estate while pursuing his sports career. He is the Chairman, co-founder and skipper of the multihull professional sailing team, Spindrift racing, 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, which makes our acquisition of The Wine Merchant an excellent opportunity to combine our passion for wine with the management of a healthy company with great potential.”
Dona Bertarelli is a successful Swiss entrepreneur, philanthropist and sportswoman. Her Family Office, Ledunfly SA, manages her personal business interests. She is creating a collection of luxury hotels and resorts, which includes the Park Gstaad in Switzerland, the Five Seas Hotel in Cannes, France, and Atabey, a private island destination under development in the Exumas in the Bahamas, and the Country Club Geneva, also in Switzerland. Dona Bertarelli co-chairs the Bertarelli Foundation and is a patron of the Womanity Foundation. Dona Bertarelli is the co-founder and skipper of Spindrift racing. In 2010, she became the first female skipper to win the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, a feat she repeated in 2014. In 2016, she became the fastest woman to sail around the world.
In her words
“Acquiring The Wine Merchant is part of a strategy of growing assets in the luxury industry. The Wine Merchant is known as one of the top traders for Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés, and complements my luxury hospitality business.”