The revamping of the Bel Air winery, which took two years to complete, gives the producer a 25% increase in vat capacity to 22,300 hl.
The new winery features a recycling zone, a water purification plant and a “green roof” designed to encourage biodiversity, reduce its carbon footprint and blend in with the surrounding countryside.
Maison Sichel sais it was the first négociant and producer in Bordeaux to build its own winery in 1967 and it remains the only one of its kind in the region today.
Every year since 1967 oenologists from the Bel Air winery have worked with 25 growers in the region to prepare each harvest.
Allan Sichel, managing director of Maison Sichel, said: “Being able to intervene and build relations with growers and then control every stage of vinification and ageing is synonymous with added-value wines and stability of supply – and that is the key to the future of Bordeaux wines. Bel Air is now a fantastic tool to help us meet the demands of that future.”