The founder of Gilbert & Gaillard wine guide, which has been one of France's key wine guides for more than two decades. There have been more than 50 editions published over this time, the most recent editions in French, English, Chinese and Japanese.
Philippe Gaillard was born into a winemaking family in Touraine in the Loire Valley. He studied winemaking and oenology, and later became sales director for major French wine distributor. François Gilbert has a PhD in Geography and is a viticulture specialist. He was a professor for 15 years before devoting himself to his passion for wine.
He and François Gilbert began their joint career in publishing in 1989, as directors of a collection for Presses de la Cité, a major Paris publisher. In 1991 they began publishing their own wine guides and magazines. Today their work has blossomed into an international wine-focused multimedia group with correspondents living in France, Italy, Spain, China and the USA.