Based in Bordeaux and selling 10 million bottles to 130 countries per year, B&G bases its winemaking strategy on AOC and Varietal wines from the main French regions: Bordeaux, Loire, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Rhône, Provence, Languedoc, Corsica and Gascony, where B&G’s head winemaker Laurent Prada and his team work in partnership with around 200 winegrowers.
B&G’s link with Ireland is historically strong as it was Irishman Thomas Barton who founded the wine shipping company in 1725 after emigrating from his homeland to Bordeaux. Thomas passed the company down to his grandson Hugh in the late 1700s. The business continued to prosper under Hugh until he fled the country (and narrowly escaped the guillotine for ‘dealings with the enemy’) during the French Revolution, leaving the company to his trusted friend Daniel Guestier.
In 1802 both men sealed their friendship and established Barton & Guestier. Hugh split his time between Bordeaux and Ireland where he lived in his newly-built Straffan House in County Kildare which today stands as the east wing of The K Club.
The B&G Reserve Range, chosen from 30 partners in Languedoc, Gascony and Corsica, has become one of the company’s most popular offerings in Ireland.
Château Magnol, in addition to hosting the company’s headquarters, a wine school and a guesthouse, is also an estate of 30 hectares, producing a great wine served in the best restaurants in the world.