June 01 2016
Gérard Bertrand’s autobiographical book Wine, Moon and Stars published by Les Editions de La Martinière in French and Abrams Books in English, has just won first prize in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, in the Wine and Drinks category. This prestigious trophy distinguishes the best books on wine and gastronomy at international level.
The book Wine, Moon and Stars was published in French in English in the United Kingdom, USA and Canada in May 2015 and in French under the title Le Vin à la Belle Etoile in France, Switzerland and Belgium in January 2015. Naturally it is intended for wine lovers, but also for business managers, rugby enthusiasts and more generally all those who transform their dreams into plans and embark on a journey of personal development. It has already sold over 5,000 copies.
In its 200 pages, the winemaker, owner of eleven estates located in Languedoc Roussillon, at the head of a group of 250 people, recounts his family history rooted in the heart of the Languedoc region, in the Corbières terroir, and his passion for growing and selling wine, driven by both the aim of making his group one of the leading French wine exporters in the world and his insistence on eco-friendly and biodynamic cultivation. And he walks the talk: Gérard Bertrand is donating all the royalties for his book to the GoodPlanet Foundation, founded and chaired by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, which seeks to raise public awareness of ecology, making it a central issue, and to promote living together.
On winning the award, Gérard Bertrand said, “I am delighted to receive this award bestowing international recognition on the publication of my book, which was a totally new experience for me. On reaching 50, I felt the need to recount the story of our family roots through several generations of wine growers, my career and the beliefs that have forged my career as a business manager bent on furthering the spirit of Languedoc wines and biodiversity. This distinction supports our development strategy in 130 countries, which aims to promote the savoir-faire of our region and the characteristic lifestyle of the South of France.”