Gilbert & Gaillard: Internationally distributed wine guides and magazine

Our multimedia group is dedicated to promoting and recommending quality wines mirroring the expertise of passionate men and women and encapsulating sense of place.

The group was founded in 1989 by Philippe Gaillard and François Gilbert who began their career as series directors for publishing house Presses de la Cité. In 1991, they began to publish their own guides and magazines. Today they head a multimedia group dedicated to wine that has offices in 22 countries. The Gilbert & Gaillard group is totally independent and wholly owned by its founders.

Philippe Gaillard : Born into a winemaking family in Touraine in the Loire valley, Philippe studied winemaking and oenology and later became the sales director of a major French wine distributor. He has run the Gilbert & Gaillard group since 1989.
François Gilbert : With a PhD and higher teacher diploma in geography, François rapidly specialised in the study of wine terroirs. After teaching for 15 years, he decided to focus entirely on his passion for wine. He has run the Gilbert & Gaillard group since 1989.

The team: France


Sylvain Patard : After studying literature, Sylvain got his start in wine in 1986 by organizing a wine tasting and buying club at the magazine where he worked at the time. In 1994, he joined Gilbert & Gaillard and is now editor-in-chief of the group’s magazine and wine guides.

Gwendoline Jobelot : Boasting several years’ experience in marketing and sales development in the publishing industry, Gwendoline’s passion for wine led her to join the team at Gilbert & Gaillard in February 2013. She is the group’s sales and marketing director.

Frédéric Comet : Joined Gilbert & Gaillard in 2009. Based in Gironde, he is responsible for the Bordeaux region.

Nicolas Sanseigne : A member of the Gilbert & Gaillard team since 2009, Nicolas is based in Montpellier and responsible for Languedoc-Roussillon, the Rhone Valley and Provence.

Maud Sauer : A native of Champagne, Maud gained hands-on experience in several different wine regions after obtaining a diploma in wine growing and oenology in Roussillon. She joined us as Gilbert & Gaillard’s regional manager for the Loire Valley and South-West France.

Céline Bredèche A trained winemaker, Céline boasts several years’ experience in sales development. She brings winemaking skills and technical expertise to the Gilbert & Gaillard team and joined us as regional manager for Burgundy, Beaujolais, Champagne, Alsace, Jura-Savoy and Corsica.

Aurélie Boutroy : Head of digital communications, Aurélie has a background in PR and management, and subsequently followed a wine tasting course. She manages Gilbert & Gaillard’s web content and digital interface.




Isabel Ferran : A trained winemaker with an international master’s degree in viticulture and oenology from Montpellier, Isabel subsequently travelled to several different wine producing countries. She provides winemaking and sales expertise to a number of producers in Spain, France and Italy. A connoisseur of Italian wines, she joined the Gilbert & Gaillard team in October 2014 to promote development of the Italian market.

Roger Sesto : A graduate of Bocconi University in Milan, Roger has been a professional wine journalist since 2003. After working with the Veronelli publishing house and Fuoricasa magazine, he now writes freelance for many international publications. He is a contributor to Gilbert & Gaillard magazine and a member of the international tasting panel for Italy.



Evelyn Israel : Evelyn is an agricultural engineer and winemaker. She has tried her hand at a wide range of professions within the wine industry and boasts in-depth knowledge of Spanish and South American wines. She contributes to a number of Latin American publications (web, print, TV) and writes for Gilbert & Gaillard’s international magazine.



Jamal Rayyis : A writer based in New York, Jamal is a wine critic and teacher. He is the author of seven editions of the annual ‘Food & Wine Magazine Wine Guide’ (2002-2008) and contributed to many publications: Food & Wine Magazine, Wine & Spirits, Wine Enthusiast, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Fodors ... He is now a member of the Gilbert & Gaillard tasting panel in the USA.


South Africa


Joanne Gibson : An award-winning wine writer (voted 2009 South African wine writer of the year), Joanne is now a resident of Cape Town but lived in London for five years where she contributed to Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine. She has visited several wine regions around the world and has a level 4 diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Since returning to South Africa in 2004, Joanne has written for several wine publications, including Gilbert & Gaillard. She is also a member of Gilbert & Gaillard’s international tasting panel.



Denise Cosentino : Holder of a French-Italian master’s degree in vine growing and oenology, Denise is a lecturer at the North West A & F University in China. She is a member of Gilbert & Gaillard’s tasting panel and a writer for Gilbert & Gaillard Wine Magazine.
Alessio Fortunato : A professional winemaker for over 10 years, Alessio is a lecturer at the North West A & F University in China. He is a member of Gilbert & Gaillard’s tasting panel and a writer for Gilbert & Gaillard Wine Magazine.



         Using multimedia to promote your wines

Gilbert & Gaillard publish their Wine Guide in 4 languages and a magazine dedicated to wine in France and more than 25 countries worldwide. They now form a multimedia group entirely focusing on wine that uses the full array of media solutions available.



The Guides



Wine guides: Two print editions, in French and in English

  • Updated once a year at the end of the summer
  • Readership of 60,000 per guide
  • Distribution partners: Le Seuil-La Martinière in France and French-speaking regions; Brown Books in North America; Starbook Sales in the rest of the world.
  • The two print editions are distributed in French-speaking countries (France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Quebec) and English-speaking countries (the United States, Canada, Northern Europe, Asia and the UK).
A TOTALLY REVISED, bespoke website in 9 languages

  • Geared to promoting producers and their wines on a daily basis: wine selections, grower portraits, international wine industry news, food and wine pairings and wine education
  • Over 90,000 visits a month
  • Search engine optimisation and purchase of key words
  • 18,000 fans on Facebook
The magazine iPhone and Android apps
The international magazine in English

  • Quarterly, with a print-run of 167,000 copies
  • Ranks 2nd worldwide
  • A new presentation since 2015 – more streamlined and modern, on luxury glossy paper reflecting its top-end, French lifestyle positioning
  • International distribution in newsagents
  • Targeted distribution - in wine stores, wine bars, 5-star hotels, luxury venues and gourmet restaurants.
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