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 counts in France among the largest in the industry. The GCF Group employs more than 1,400 people in 16 companies. The annual turnover in 2007 with sales of 350 million bottles was 680 million euros, of which 70% was exported. In France, companies are based in the regions 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 law (La Maison du Vigneron) entertain. You have branches abroad in China and Japan, as in Germany in Oppenheim and Mainz-Hechtsheim (Rhineland-Palatinate).
In 1991 the JP Chenet brand was created, which is still the most successful and best-selling French brand wine developed worldwide. A wide range of different grape wines, blends and sparkling wines from different French regions are produced under this label. They are filled into idiosyncratic bottles with, for example, a gently curved neck. Other brands include Bellingham, Grand Sud and Calvet Bordeaux (South Africa cooperation), Concannon and Glen Ellen (cooperation TWG California), as well as La Baume in the wine area; vodka Jelzin and Brut Dargent sparkling wine. One million bottles can be filled, labeled and sold a day at the headquarters in Petersbach. In 2008 the German company Racke the branded wines Amselfelder. Amselkeller, Bongeronde and Viala, as well as their operating facility in Mainz-Hechtsheim. Grand Chais de France is now one of the largest wine companies in the world,