In a board meeting held in Mumbai recently, one of India’s best wineries, Grover Zampa Vineyards announced the entry of Edouard Labruyère on its board as an investor. The investment has come through Ravi Viswanathan’s Visvires Capital that already owns a 30% share in Grover Zampa Vineyards Ltd. The Labruyère family owns one of the oldest wineries in the Moulin-a-Vent appellation, north of the famous Beaujolais region.
In 2008, Edouard Labruyère took over the reign of the winery from his father Jean-Pierre Labruyère, the President of Moulin-a-Vent Cru. Apart from Domaine Labruyère, they own Domaine Jacques Prieur in Mersault and Chateau Rouget in Pomerol. Over the years, the winery certainly has grown from strength to strength under Labruyère’s leadership.
Without changing the dynamics of the holding, this collaboration aims to bring to the Grover Zampa, family Labruyère’s winemaking experience and extensive knowledge.
In a press statement, Sumedh Singh Mandla, CEO, Grover Zampa, said, “Quality and innovation has always remained a key focus for us. This association will bring with it the rich heritage and experience of the Labruyère family in vineyard management and wine production and help us to grow further both in quality and in what we have to offer.”
Edouard Labruyere, on his part, said, “We are happy to be a part of the Grover Zampa family. The Indian wine industry has undergone a huge change over the last decade and holds out a lot of promise in the coming years. We look forward to being part of this growth.”
Chairman Kapil Grover corroborated their statements when he said he was “looking forward to working with their Labruyère family and using their expertise to grow the quality and refinement of our super premium and premium, range of wines.”
The Labruyère’s family history started in 1850 at Les Thorins, which became a part of the Moulin-à-Vent appellation in 1924. Over the years, they steadily expanded their holdings in Burgundy and in 2012 the family decided to extend their reach even further with vineyards in Verzenay, a Champagne Grand Cru village renowned for its Pinot Noir.
Owning all their vineyards, they can control each stage in the viticulture and winemaking cycle. With terroir, tradition and excellence as core values, they observe sustainable farming and biodynamic methods.