The history and the beginning
About Great Domaines
Great Domaines was established in 2000, when it started importing fine wine from a handful of top domaines in Burgundy, France. Right from the start, our focus has been on importing domaines that are at the very top of the qualitative scale in their respective regions.
The first wine officially imported by Great Domaines was the 1999 vintage from Burgundy domaine, Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier. In the beginning 6 domaines were imported regularly and now the Burgundy portfolio has grown to 37 domaines. Today our portfolio stretches across 116 producers, including the likes of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Vega-Sicilia, Sassicaia, Soldera, Egon Müller, Champagne Salon, Jean-Louis Chave, Giuseppe Quintarelli, Clos Rougeard, Solaia and Château Petrus. In recent years, Great Domaines has added to their portfolio by representing a niche selection of the very best names that South Africa has to offer.
The backbone to our success lies in the direct and personal relationships we have with each one of our producers and domaines. This bond allows us the privilege of importing wines that you would struggle to find elsewhere in the fine wine market, especially Burgundy. We value these relationships very highly and make at least one trip each year to visit our producers and maintain these relationships, as well as keep up to date with the goings-on in the vineyard.
Since the very beginning, Great Domaines’ goal has been to focus on giving wine-lovers in South Africa the opportunity to buy and drink fine wine from some of the most revered domaines in Europe. We hope to provide a window into what makes these people and their wines so special.
We take the provenance of our wines very seriously. We ensure that a strict cold chain is maintained from the producer to our cellars in Johannesburg. We monitor the entire journey using eProvenance technology, which measures transport temperatures for the duration of the journey. Once received, all wine is kept at 10° C in our temperature- and humidity-controlled cellars – equipped with standby generators in case of power failure.