Wine Trotters is a Mendoza tourism business started by Myriam BRIDON and Gaël MARTIN, two French experts in wine and tourism. With varied backgrounds and similar passions for wine, gastronomy and nature, they decided to join forces and professional activity in wine tourism to create Wine Trotters in September 2014.
Founder Introduction & Background in French Wine:
Myriam is a native of Bourges, in the center of France, near the famous vineyard of Sancerre. In addition to her passion for wine and gastronomy, she enjoys yoga and hiking in the mountains. She thrives on building relationships with clients and other professionals, allowing her to excel in wine tourism.
In France, Myriam acquired broad experience in the wine sector, working for different wineries in the prestigious region of Burgundy: Domaines Jean Monnier and Ropiteau in Meursault, and Domaine d’Ardhuy, near Aloxe Corton. Her love for wine really began in this exceptional region thanks to the great complexity of the wines she had the chance to taste.
After gaining an appreciation for Burgundy wines, she moved to the Loire Valley, where she joined the Domaine Henri Bourgeois in Sancerre. There, she led the commercialization of wines and tourism for the Domaine Jean-Pierre Laporte (branch of Domaine Bourgeois) for two years.
While in the Loire Valley, Myriam studied at François Rabelais University (Tours) and at Angers University. She graduated with a three-year university Degree in Foreign Languages Applied to International Trade (English-Spanish) and a Master of Wine International Trade.
Gaël is a native of Tours, in the heart of the Loire castles, in the center of France. He dedicates most of his time to his passion of wine and gastronomy, but also enjoys sports and the outdoors. Gaël practices martial arts and as a mountain lover, frequently hikes the Andes. His knowledge of vineyards across the world comes from his passion for global exploration.
In France, he worked in Domaine Masson Blondelet, in Pouilly-sur-Loire (Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre appellations) for 3 years, where he was in charge of tourism and the commercialization of wines. The family members of the winery instilled in him a passion for wine and the strong desire to continue learning about the wine industry.
Gaël also studied at François Rabelais University (Tours) and at Angers University. He graduated with a three-year university Degree in Foreign Languages Applied to International Trade (English-Spanish) and a Master of Wine International Trade.
After many years of experience in Burgundy and in the Loire Valley, Myriam and Gaël decided that they wanted to expand their knowledge of wine culture by visiting the South American wine regions.
They both backpacked through South America for a year, an adventure which allowed them to learn about and appreciate the various cultures and wine-making regions within Latin America.
Following that year, Myriam and Gaël decided to pursue their professional goal of increasing their expertise in global wine by focusing on the wines of the lower Andes. They spent six months in Chile before crossing the Andes to Mendoza, Argentina, where they had the opportunity to gain rich experience at “La Maison”, a high-class Bed and Breakfast specializing in gastronomy and wine tourism.
Myriam and Gaël explored Argentina as a wine-making country in 2012. During this year, they travelled from the south to the north, discovering the main wine regions: Neuquén, Mendoza, San Juan, La Rioja and Salta (Cafayate).
They returned to Mendoza because of the high quality of its wines, the richness of its terroirs, the majestic Andes, the climate and the quality of life which they believe other regions cannot match.