Richmond Marketing now sole Barton & Guestier distributor in Ireland
With a historically strong link with Ireland, Richmond Marketing is proud to distribute Barton & Guestier wines here
18 September 2014
Richmond Marketing has announced it is now the sole distributor of Barton & Guestier wines in Ireland.
Based in Bordeaux and selling 10 million bottles to 130 countries per year, Barton & Guestier has based 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.
The link with Ireland is historically strong as it was the Irishman Thomas Barton who founded the wine shipping company in 1725 after emigrating from his homeland Ireland to Bordeaux. Thomas passed the company down to his grandson Hugh Barton 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 shared his time between Bordeaux and Ireland where he lived in his newly built Straffan House in Co. Kildare, which today stands as the east wing of The K Club.
Today Barton & Guestier continues to pay respect to its Irish history with the Thomas Barton Range, a unique and prestigious range of carefully selected wines from the heart of the greatest appellations in the Bordeaux Region. The B & G Reserve Range chosen from 30 partners in the Languedoc, Gascony and Corsica – has become one of the most popular offerings from the company in Ireland. Château Magnol,in addition of hosting the company’s headquarters, a wineschool and a guesthouse, is also an estate of 30 hectares, producing a great wine that is served in the best restaurants in the world.