CREATED IN 2010 BY ARNAUD COURRET AND TOM VERGER, BLUE SIDE, LOCATED IN GASSIN, HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS THE REFERENCE PARTNER FOR ALL TYPES OF WINE TRANSACTIONS. ITS ADDED VALUE? WINE-GROWING EXPERTISE AND UNQUESTIONABLE KNOW-HOW IN THE STRUCTURING OF THE VINEYARD AND ITS TRANSFER. TRANSMISSION. BLUE SIDE ACCOMPANIES EACH WINE INVESTMENT PROJECT HOLDER ACCORDING TO ITS SPECIFICITIES AND BUDGET. DETAILS WITH ARNAUD COURRET.
What are the characteristics of the support offered by Blue Side?
Our service offer is global and complete, which sets us apart from other players in the transaction. On the one hand, Blue Side provides its clients with technical expertise on the structure of the vineyard, its sanitary state, its conformity to a PDO, etc., and on the other hand, offers advice and recommendations on the investments to be made. For the wine-making part, we ensure a detailed analysis of the production tool, its dimensioning compared to the needs of the domain and the project to be developed. Today, this approach goes as far as the study of projects for the creation of estates almost from scratch. Blue Side has thus developed a unique expertise in sales and acquisitions, offering a complete and global service that enables us to accompany each client and support his acquisition.
What are your clients' backgrounds?
Our clients are mostly French, which shows that the French vineyards remain in the hands of local owners. They are also people who have the financial means to invest in a large-scale project. Each project is unique and treated as such according to its own specificities. It is a precious help that we bring to those who wish to reconvert in this field and need to be supported, informed and comforted in their choice. The acquisition of a vineyard must also take into account an important dimension, that of time. In the case of uprooting and replanting vines, for example, it is necessary to allow for nearly 5 years between two productions.
You have accompanied some beautiful operations...
For the best known, we have the trust of clients such as the LVMH group. This luxury giant called on Blue Side for its first acquisition in Provence, Château du Galoupet, a Cru Classé that represents nearly 70 hectares of vines on a beautiful terroir facing the Golden Islands. There is also the Maison Aegerter, producer and merchant of great Burgundy wines, which has invested in Provence with the purchase of Château Giroud, and the Cap Wine International group, which owns nearly 400 hectares of vineyards and has entrusted us with its operations in Provence. And then there are all the lesser known ones that we accompany every day with the same constancy.
How is the sector doing after the health crisis?
Good news, the wine industry has not postponed its projects despite the difficulties linked to the spread of the virus. Provence is still, and more than ever, a booming wine region that needs to be able to devote the necessary means to it. Today, in this period of global financial uncertainty, investment in wine-producing land is more than ever a safe haven.