The wine and spirits trading and production company, headquartered in Petersbach in Alsace, was founded in 1979 by Joseph Helfrich. In the meantime it counts in France the largest in the industry. The GCF Group employs more than 1,400 people in 16 companies. With sales of 350 million bottles in 2007, annual sales amounted to 680 million euros, 70% of which was exported. In France, societies are 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 (Laughter) and law (La Maison du Vigneron). Abroad branches are maintained in China and Japan, as in Germany in Oppenheim and Mainz-Hechtsheim (Rhineland-Palatinate).
In 1991, the brand JP Chenet was created, which remains to this day the most successful and best-selling French brand wine developed worldwide. Under this label a wide range of varietal wines, cuvées and sparkling wines from different French regions is produced. They are filled in idiosyncratic bottles with, for example, gently curved neck. Other brands are Bellingham, Grand Sud and Calvet Bordeaux (cooperation South Africa), Concannon and Glen Ellen (TWG California Cooperation), as well as La Baume in the wine area; vodka Yeltsin and Brut Dargent Sekt. At the headquarters in Petersbach, one million bottles per day can be bottled, labeled and distributed. In 2008 were from the German company Racke the brand wines Amselfelder. Amselkeller, Bongeronde and Viala, as well as their Beriebsstätte bought in Mainz-Hechtsheim. Grand Chais de France is now one of the largest wine companies in the world,