Les Vignobles Foncalieu purchases Haut Gleon estate in Languedoc, France
Les Vignobles Foncalieu, a France-based co-operative union that exports and manufactures wines, has purchased Chateau Haut Gleon from Duhamel family, who owned the estate since 1991.
Located at AOC Corbieres in Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, the 260ha estate produces grapes like Carignan, Grenache Noir, Syrah and Aramon.
The French co-operative intends to make the chateau as a destination for wine tourism.
Les Vignobles Foncalieu spokesman said the new addition to their portfolio will allow the company to expand into the luxury wine sector.
"The Château is equipped with a vault and various reception rooms and guest rooms: the plan is to develop the estate as a wine tourism destination," he added.
Established in 1967, Les Vignobles Foncalieu has around 7,000ha of member vineyards and has an annual production rate of 20 million bottles, among which 80% of the products are exported to 41 countries throughout the world with main markets being Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia, China and the UK.