PERFUME, ART AND WINE: WHEN PASSION BECOMES A PROFESSION
The Swiss entrepreneur Silvio Denz began his career creating and marketing perfumes. He is now Chairman of the company he founded, Art et Fragrance S.A.
, and owner of the renowned crystal and jewellery manufacturer Lalique S.A.
But the real Silvio Denz always was and remains primarily a keen amateur, in the true sense of the word. A great connoisseur of fine wines
, he also loves architecture and collects baroque, Impressionist and contemporary paintings, as well as work by René Lalique.
Having made a resounding success of his perfume business, he diversified into two Swiss wine merchants, Les Grands Vins Wermuth
and Casa del Vino Ebinger
. Eager to gain a foothold in winemaking, he and six others invested in Clos d’Agon
, a vineyard in Spain, in 1998. In-house winemaker is the Dane Peter Sisseck, star oenologist and creator of the famous cult wine, Pingus.
PERFUME, FINE ART AND WINE: WHEN PASSION BECOMES A PROFESSION
In the ensuing years, Denz twice seized opportunities to forge closer links between his business interests and his passions.
- In March 2005, he bought the first three Bordeaux winegrowing estates of his own: Château Faugères
and Château Péby Faugères
, which merit the classification of Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
, and Château Cap de Faugères
, classed as a Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux
- In February 2008, he acquired the Lalique
business, having long been a collector of its creations.
Since his Bordeaux acquisitions, he has indulged his passion with the following additions to his portfolio:
- Azienda Agricola Montepeloso
(Tuscany), in partnership with Fabio Chiarelotto (2007)
- Château de Chambrun
(AOC Lalande de Pomerol
) in 2007 and
- Château Rocheyron
(AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
) in partnership with Peter Sisseck (2010).
This remains an unfinished story. Each new chapter is written with passion, dedication and insistence on quality – the hallmarks of Silvio Denz.