In recent years, many great French sportsmen have decided to invest in wine and show their love for our favourite drink. Don't worry: between two matches of the tournament, they are not bar pillars, but outside of training, things are different. Who said that sport & wine cannot be linked?
First of all, there are the auctions that fascinate sportsmen and women. For example, at Idealwine, many sportsmen and women invest in wine by buying good bottles at online auctions.
Others prefer to buy one or more wineries. You may know Jean Tigana, a former player with the French team in the 1970s? He bought a castle in the Médoc (Bordeaux) when he was training there. Since 1999, he has been the proud owner of a pretty bastide in AOC Cassis called Dona Tigana.
And many sportsmen and women own estates: Bixente Lizazaru in Saint-Émilion, Christophe Dominici in a domain in the Hérault, among others.
If we are leaving for the Languedoc region, you certainly know Gérard Bertrand?
Did you know what he did for a living before he became a giant in wine marketing, leading eight estates? He was a former rugby player from the Stade Français! Today, the Gérard Bertrand brand consists of 200 employees and more than 500 hectares of vines.
Let's now talk about tennis and some players who also wanted to invest in the world of wine. You certainly know Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra, two great players who are often present at Roland Garros? In 2013, these two sportsmen opened their wine bar in the heart of a well-known wine-growing region: Burgundy. By partnering with three people, they opened Dr Wine, a wine bar located in Dijon, which also serves as a restaurant, boutique and private club. Tennis accomplices and partners in life, what a beautiful image!
So, who said sport and wine weren't related?
Guénaëlle (Les Grappes)