Gilbert & Gaillard: The french experts on wine


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

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

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.

Our team


  • Sylvain Patard

    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.

  • Frédéric Comet

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

  • Nicolas Sanseigne

    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.

  • Lucie Jeandel

    Lucie Jeandel : Lucie studied hotel and restauration and then she specialized in the wine sector. She obtained a technical and commercial BTS – wines and spirits - in 2003 in Alsace and exercised for 8 years as sales manager for restaurants in her region. Currently, she took in charge Alsace, Beaujolais and Champagne regions at Gilbert & Gaillard group.


  • Sandra Sirvente

    Sandra Sirvente : Born in Italy and passionate about the world wine, Sandra is fluent in italian language and joint Gilbert & Gaillard team in December 2018 in the capacity of Regional Manager of Italy.


  • Thibault Leray

    Thibault Leray : Qualified with a MBA in Wine Marketing & Management. After several experiences abroad, including two years in Barcelona, Thibault joint Gilbert & Gaillard Team in the capacity of Commercial Manager of Spain and Portugal. He actively promotes spanish and portuguese wines awarded medals at Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge on the export markets.


  • Jamal Rayyis

    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

  • Petru Van Der Walt

    Petru Van Der Walt : Qualified with a Master degree in Science. In International Business with 7 years’ experience in the wine industry, Petru joint Gilbert & Gaillard in June 2018. She is based at our offices in Stellenbosch in the capacity of Country Manager of South Africa.

  • Matthieu Gaillard

    Matthieu Gaillard : In the footsteps of his father, Matthieu joint Gilbert & Gaillard's adventure in 2017. One year later, he takes off for South Africa where he is now the Brand Ambassador.

 Using multimedia to promote your wines

global.en 4 langues et éditent un <strong>magazine</strong> consacré au vin en France et dans plus de 25 pays à travers le monde. Ils constituent aujourd’hui un groupe multimedia entièrement dédié au vin présent sur tous les vecteurs de communication.

The Guides :

The Guides :

Wine guides: One print edition in French

  • 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
  • 30,000 fans on Facebook

The Magazine

The Magazine

The international magazine in English

  • Quarterly, with a print-run of 167,000 copies
  • Ranks 2nd worldwide
  • International distribution in newsagents
  • Targeted distribution - in wine stores, wine bars, 5-star hotels, luxury venues and gourmet restaurants.