The trading and production company for wines and spirits with headquarters in Petersbach in Alsace was founded in 1979 by Joseph Helfrich. In the meantime, it has become one of the largest in the industry in France. The GCF Group employs more than 1,400 people in 16 companies. The annual turnover in 2007 was 680 million euros with sales of 350 million bottles, 70% of which were exported. In France, it has companies in the regions of Alsace (Arthur Metz), Bordeaux (Les Caves de Landiras and Crus et Domaines de France), Burgundy (Pasquier Desvignes), Languedoc-Roussillon (Domaine de la Baume), Loire (Lacheteau) and Jura (La Maison du Vigneron). Outside Germany, the Bank maintains branches in China and Japan, and in Germany in Oppenheim and Mainz-Hechtsheim (Rhineland-Palatinate).
In 1991, the J.P. Chenet brand was created, which has developed into the most successful and best-selling French branded wine in the world. Under this label a wide range of different grape variety wines, cuvées and sparkling wines from different French regions are produced. They are bottled in idiosyncratically shaped bottles with, for example, gently curved necks. Other brands are Bellingham, Grand Sud and Calvet Bordeaux (cooperation South Africa), Concannon and Glen Ellen (cooperation TWG California), as well as La Baume in the wine segment; Wodka Jelzin and Brut Dargent Sekt. At the headquarters in Petersbach, one million bottles per day can be filled, labelled and distributed. In 2008, the German company Racke purchased the branded wines Amselfelder, Amselkeller, Bongeronde and Viala, as well as their production site in Mainz-Hechtsheim. Grand Chais de France is now one of the largest wine companies in the world.