François Thienpont is the proud heir of a Belgian family dedicated to wine since the 19th century. His ancestors migrated to the Bordeaux’s region in the 1920’s, where they came to produce and trade wine. Vieux Chateau Certan, acquired by his grand- father Georges, Château Puygueraud and Le Pin count as some of their historic vineyards.
After having studied viticulture and business in France, François worked a few years in the US, in wine distribution in Texas. In 1983, during his American stay, he presented Le Pin 1981 to Robert Parker, when it was released for the very first time in the country.
In 1985, he came back to Bordeaux to oversee the marketing and sales of Château Puygueraud’s wines, an estate bought by his father George in 1946. At the same time, under the title of President of the Union of the Côtes de Francs appellation, François worked hard at rehabilitating the wines of this forgotten region in the minds of trade, press and consumers.
Wanting to prove his professional worth, François created Wings in 1995. A company dedicated to selling the finest wines of Bordeaux, it has Grand Crus allocations and can therefore trade with Europe, Asia, USA and Canada. The company distributes the Thienpont family property wines and also represents lesser known Châteaux that produce wines with the same level of quality as do the most illustrious growths. François also makes a wine under his own name.