EIGHTH-GENERATION vintner Stephanie de BoüardRivoal began tasting wine at the dinner table when she was just seven years old. It prepared her palate for a lifetime of winemaking. “Our family has owned this vineyard for more than two centuries,” says the young vintner, who took over the premier grand cru Château Angélus (angelus .com) from her father, Hubert Boüard, and uncle Jean Bernard Grenié in 2012. “I’m a link in a chain that has to survive for a long time.”
Boüard-Rivoal’s deep connection to her family’s history—and trade—is a common occurrence in Bordeaux, where the business of winemaking means more than just exceptional vintages. Here, multigenerational families are laying down roots beyond their vineyards in an effort to champion a newer, friendlier wine country.
The Boüard family, for example, recently acquired the Michelin one-star restaurant and boutique hotel Logis de la Cadène (logisdelacadene. fr) in a bid to encourage roving oenophiles to stay the night. Nearby, the Cazes family—which has owned and operated the prestigious Chateau LynchBages (jmcazes.com) grand cru in Pauillac since 1938—has built a Bordelais empire comprising the Cordeillan-Bages hotel, Château Haut-Batailley, a trio of restaurants (including Le Chapon Fin), and a wine-tour company. Fourth-generation vintner Sylvie Cazes, who runs Château Chauvin (chateauchauvin.com), has also branched out as the driving force behind the establishment of the Cité du Vin museum, which welcomed 445,000 visitors last year alone.