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SFW&C Fiesta LIVE AUCTION 2014
Presented by Los Alamos National Bank
SFW&C Honorary Wine Achievement Award
Gruet Winery New Mexico & Gruet & Fils France
Gilbert Gruet, founder of Gruet Winery, was born in Bethon, France in 1931. He grew up in a poor family and began working at a young age. In 1952, Gilbert Gruet, along with his wife Danielle, dreamt of producing fine quality Champagne. Gilbert followed his heart and in 1967 created the U.V.C.B. (Union Vinicole des Coteaux de Bethon), a co-op in the village of Bethon.
In 1983, the Gruet family was exploring the Southwestern part of the U.S. and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards in Engle, near the town of Truth or Consequence. The land was inexpensive and the opportunity golden. In 1984, Gilbert Gruet, whose Champagne house, Gruet et Fils had produced fine Champagne in Bethon, France, since 1952, made the decision to plant an experimental vineyard, exclusively planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. His children, winemaker Laurent and daughter Nathalie, then relocated to the great state of New Mexico to begin their American wine making adventure.
Now producing nine different sparkling wines, in 2012 Gruet sold 125,000 cases of wine and distributed them to 48 states. Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is honored to celebrate with the Gruet Family what they have accomplished in New Mexico in 25 years. Happy anniversary!