Arnaud Christiaens is the Founder of the SGC Group, a revolutionary wine producer that was born out of pure passion and a dream to create a world class wine from the best soils within Bordeaux. SGC, which has been described as the “Tesla of Wine” for its innovative and scientific approach to soil analysis, produces only from the highest rated parcels of land. The specific locations of these remarkable parcels remain within the SGC community, adding further to the romance of these great wines. Arnaud was first to introduce a soil ranking system as an integral part to the wine making process and this distinctive approach is captured in the wine’s balance between power and finesse, structure and texture.
A lifelong oenophile, Arnaud has always held the venerable wines of Bordeaux in the highest regard. His knowledge and respect for the region, combined with his inherent desire to challenge the status quo, led him to develop a business model that would turn the market on its head. He set out to find the best-untapped terroir in the region through in-depth soil analysis, thus adding a new layer of sophistication to Bordeaux’s premier status in the wine producing industry.
Under his tireless direction, SGC continues with a process of searching out new parcels of land which meet their exceptionally high standards and criteria, bringing them to light and earning him a reputation as something of a pioneer. When it comes to legacies, Arnaud thinks less like a businessman and more like a patron, a change maker. He sees SGC as a force in support of the extraordinary in an industry that has remained relatively conservative.
Previous to SGC, Arnaud was a leading European financier for 20 years having published two books on the history and techniques of alternative asset management. Arnaud left in 2006 to pursue his passion for wine – founding SGC in the same year.
Arnaud is a keen sailor, avid skier, sportsman and philanthropist. He is primarily based in London.