The huge French trading company with its headquarters in Bordeaux was founded in 1949 by four brothers of the Castel family. The president is Pierre Castel. The company plays an important role in the Bordeaux wine trade, but is also active in France in the trade with cellar and wine growing technology. In addition to the main wine segment, the product portfolio also includes a beer brand and various soft drinks. Through numerous takeovers and participations from the early 1990s onwards, it has become one of the largest wine trading companies in the world. In 1992 the company La Sociéte des Vins de France was acquired, in 1998 the Nicolas retail chain, in 1999 the Domaines Virginie in the Languedoc and finally in 2002 the English retail chain Oddbins.