Established in 1946, this Company was founded as a partnership between Pierre Bercut (1884-1972), a French-born San Francisco Businessman and Henry J. van der Voort, born in 1915 at Chateau Bellegrave, Pauillac, who became its third generation vineyard owner. Recently discharged from the U.S. Army, Henry became the working partner and eventually the sole owner (1958) of the company.
Having bought that Company in 1997, it has been my objective to continue with the same sense of purpose and dedication which has been the hallmark of the organization since its foundation 70 years ago.
From the beginning, we have provided imported wines of the highest quality within their price range. We believe it is noteworthy that, because we only import wines on an exclusive U.S. basis, an exclusivity which is passed on to our wholesale customers, we have been able to develop Brands that are recognized and respected in this country.
Whether Great Chateaux or smaller Estates, all from France, or Havemeyer German Wines, these brands have been imported by our company, many for several decades, without any interruption.
Tradition, quality, exclusivity and continuity in the effort. These are the foundations of our Company. With these principles in mind, we plan to continue and justify the confidence our wholesale customers have in what we do.
Hugues De Vernou, President