Our multimedia group is dedicated to promoting and recommending quality wines mirroring the expertise of passionate men and women and encapsulating sense of place.
The group was founded in 1989 by Philippe Gaillard and François Gilbert who began their career as series directors for publishing house Presses de la Cité. In 1991, they began to publish their own guides and magazines. Today they head a multimedia group dedicated to wine that has offices in 22 countries. The Gilbert & Gaillard group is totally independent and wholly owned by its founders.
Philippe Gaillard : Born into a winemaking family in Touraine in the Loire valley, Philippe studied winemaking and oenology and later became the sales director of a major French wine distributor. He has run the Gilbert & Gaillard group since 1989.
François Gilbert : With a PhD and higher teacher diploma in geography, François rapidly specialised in the study of wine terroirs. After teaching for 15 years, he decided to focus entirely on his passion for wine. He has run the Gilbert & Gaillard group since 1989.
: After studying literature, Sylvain got his start in wine in 1986 by organizing a wine tasting and buying club at the magazine where he worked at the time. In 1994, he joined Gilbert & Gaillard and is now editor-in-chief of the group’s magazine and wine guides.
: Boasting several years’ experience in marketing and sales development in the publishing industry, Gwendoline’s passion for wine led her to join the team at Gilbert & Gaillard in February 2013. She is the group’s sales and marketing director.
: Joined Gilbert & Gaillard in 2009. Based in Gironde, he is responsible for the Bordeaux region.
: A member of the Gilbert & Gaillard team since 2009, Nicolas is based in Montpellier and responsible for Languedoc-Roussillon, the Rhone Valley and Provence.
: Lucie studied hotel and restauration and then she specialized in the wine sector. She obtained a technical and commercial BTS – wines and spirits - in 2003 in Alsace and exercised for 8 years as sales manager for restaurants in her region. Currently, she took in charge Alsace, Beaujolais and Champagne regions at Gilbert & Gaillard group.
: A native of Champagne, Maud gained hands-on experience in several different wine regions after obtaining a diploma in wine growing and oenology in Roussillon. She joined us as Gilbert & Gaillard’s regional manager for the Loire Valley and South-West France.
Sandra Sirvente : Born in Italy and passionate about the world wine, Sandra is fluent in italian language and joint Gilbert & Gaillard team in December 2018 in the capacity of Regional Manager of Italy.
Thibault Leray : Qualified with a MBA in Wine Marketing & Management. After several experiences abroad, including two years in Barcelona, Thibault joint Gilbert & Gaillard Team in the capacity of Commercial Manager of Spain and Portugal. He actively promotes spanish and portuguese wines awarded medals at Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge on the export markets.
Jamal Rayyis : A writer based in New York, Jamal is a wine critic and teacher. He is the author of seven editions of the annual ‘Food & Wine Magazine Wine Guide’ (2002-2008) and contributed to many publications: Food & Wine Magazine, Wine & Spirits, Wine Enthusiast, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Fodors ... He is now a member of the Gilbert & Gaillard tasting panel in the USA.
Petru Van Der Walt
: Qualified with a Master degree in Science. In International Business with 7 years’ experience in the wine industry, Petru joint Gilbert & Gaillard in June 2018. She is based at our offices in Stellenbosch in the capacity of General Manager of South Africa.
: In the footsteps of his father, Matthieu joint Gilbert & Gaillard's adventure in 2017. One year later, he takes off for South Africa where he is now the Brand Ambassador.
Gilbert & Gaillard publish their Wine Guide in 9 languages and a magazine dedicated to wine in France and more than 22 countries worldwide. They now form a multimedia group entirely focusing on wine that uses the full array of media solutions available.