Primum Familiae Vini

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Primum Familiae Vini (often abbreviated PFV, Latin: "First Families of Wine") is an association of family-owned wineries with a membership limited to twelve families.

History[edit]

The association was established in 1993 by Miguel Torres and Robert Drouhin (of Maison Joseph Drouhin), after they had first come up with the idea in 1990.[1] The goal was to organise some of the best wine-producing families of the world, and to facilitate exchange between them. Requirements for membership are ownership of a winery that belongs to the top echelon of its region and enjoying a high international reputation. New members are only accepted by unanimous decision.[2]

In February 2005, the Mondavi family (Napa Valley, California) left the association after the takeover of the family-owned business by Constellation Brands.[3] In June 2006, the Famille Perrin joined the association.[4]

In August 2018, Hubert de Billy (Champagne Pol Roger) was appointed the new president of the association, replacing Jean-Frederic Hugel.[5] In October 2018, Prince Robert of Luxembourg - owner of Château Haut-Brion, Domaine Clarence Dillon and son of Prince Charles of Luxembourg - joined the PFV circle.[6] In July 2019, Marc Perrin (Famille Perrin) was appointed president of the association.[7]

Description[edit]

The Primum Familiae Vini is an association of family-owned wineries with a membership limited to twelve families. According to its members, 85% of family businesses do not make it past the second generation, an issue that the association turned into its purpose.[8]

Every year, all members of the association and their family members gather for an annual meeting.[9]

Current members[edit]

As of 2009, Primum Familiae Vini has eleven members.[10]

Former members[edit]

A few members have had to leave after they no longer qualified as family-owned wineries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in French) Jacques Benoit, Primum Familiae Vini: 11 sociétés familiales réunies, Lapresse.ca, 3 July 2013
  2. ^ Primum Familiae Vini: History, accessed on December 25, 2009
  3. ^ (in Spanish) PFV: Otra baja entre las ´primeras familias del vino´, Elmundo.es, 21 February 2005
  4. ^ Perrin joins Primum Familiae Vini, Gismondionwine.com, 26 January 2006
  5. ^ Shay Waterworth, Hubert de Billy made president of Primum Familiae Vini, Drinksint.com, 22 August 2018
  6. ^ Jane Anson, Haut-Brion owner joins elite family wine club, Decanter.com, 31 October 2018
  7. ^ Rupert Millar, Marc Perrin appointed PFV president, Thedrinksbusiness.com, 8 July 2019
  8. ^ Cathrine Todd, The World’s Finest Wine Producers Keep Values Alive For Next Generation, Forbes.com, 6 December 2019
  9. ^ S. Irene Virbila, What I’m drinking now: Marimar Torres of Marimar Torres Estate, Latimes.com, 11 March 2013
  10. ^ Primum Familiae Vini, accessed on December 25, 2009
  11. ^ a b Primum Familiae Vini: A new family from the Rhone region for PFV Archived 2010-11-12 at the Wayback Machine, 20 January 2006

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