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November 4-10, 2019

nicholas galy

  • Gérard Bertrand

Participates In:

  • Master Classes - Gérard Bertrand
  • Friday, November 8, 2019

Born in 1983 in the South of France, more specifically in Perpignan, I am the 5th generation of wine producers from the Languedoc-Roussillon region (since 1880). The family estate, Domaine Galy, was one of the most important wineries in the region in 2000. Domaine Galy included 200 Hectares of Cote du Roussillon AOC & IGP, Muscat de Rivesaltes, Maury and Banyuls.

 

I did my first harvest and drank my first glass of wine at the age of 3 (see picture below). I have always worked at the family winery sharing my time with school and rugby. At 16 years old, I left the winery to move to Limoux, land of the 1st sparkling wine, to study wine for 4 years. I completed my first internship at Sieurs D’Arques winery.

 

In 2003, I joined Perpignan University where I completed a Bachelors of International Business. The same year, I left France to continue my way to Mendoza in Argentina in order to work for Moët & Chandon (Terrazas de los Andes). I wanted to see the boom of the New World wines. I was part of the joint-venture team between Château Cheval Blanc in France, Bordeaux, and Chandon Estates. I had the opportunity to work at the cellar, the vineyard, and with the sales team for Cheval des Andes project.

 

In 2005, I joined Montpellier Business School. During my first year, I worked in Spain (Castilla La Mancha region) for a family owned winery called Bodega Fontana where I led the European export department for a year. I spent my weekends at the winery and in the cellar. Following this experience, I returned to France in order to receive my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business. Shortly after, I completed a second Master’s Degree in Marketing at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland. I played rugby at the Terenure Rugby Club. Following my graduation, I joined Diageo Ireland as part of their sales team in September 2008. The following year, I decided to retire from rugby, a sport I have adored practicing at a high level of competition until the age of 27, in France and Ireland.

Ireland was an incredible personal experience. I became the best Sales Representative of the year in my first year of work with Diageo. The next year, I was named Best Practice Execution among the Guinness Sales Team, which offered me an opportunity to join Diageo in Spain where I led the distribution side of the business until 2013.

 

After this great European experience, I decided I wanted to conquer North America. I was looking for a new challenge in Canada. Initially, my first challenge was becoming a chef in a small café-restaurant in order to fulfil my passion for cooking French dishes. Eventually, I was hired by L’Oréal Canada to become a National Sales Director. I was leading a team of 12 employees across the country. This was a great learning experience for me to understand the cultural differences of Canada in contrast to Europe. Eventually, in 2015, I received a phone call from Gérard Bertrand himself requesting me to look after the United States and Canadian markets.

 

Besides helping the family winery, cooking and traveling are my passions. My greatest love has always been rugby, just like my father and grandfather. I have played rugby for 15 years at Perpignan Rugby Club (USAP) and Terenure Rugby Club. I am also a nature lover – Canada offers me an amazing training field for fly fishing.

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