The young story of Caudalie is definitely inspiring. Mathilde Thomas, and her husband, Bertrand, proud supporters of their wine-growing heritage from Bordeaux, had innovation in their DNA. They made possible to transform into a successful global venture the exploitation of what was waste in the wine-growing industry. In 1993, at the end of the grape harvest season, in the heart of the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte from Bordeaux, a conversation with Professor Joseph Vercauteren open up the idea of creating treatments based on vines and grapes. The scientist claimed that grape seeds contain the most powerful antioxidants in the plant kingdom, the polyphenol, a natural anti-ageing. The operations start in 1995 and several patents are registered in 1996. In a continuous process of researches and developments many other patents are filed. The Premier cru, combining few patents, is rewarded. This environmental approach is not limited to make business out of waste. The House is willing to provide ethical products, produced from plants, and excluding paraben, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, and ingredients of animal origin… In addition, Caudalie is an active member of 1% for the Planet, a charity involvement to donate 1% of their global annual sales which is used to support NGOs dedicated to protecting the environment. The Château Smith Haut Lafitte vineyard near Bordeaux becomes the very first spa and care centre in 1999. During the building works, they discover a hot spring they will exploit. The vinotherapy is then born! It’s today 8 vinotherapy spas and around 40 boutiques spa that have been created all over the world to enjoy these special treatments and unique experiences. Recently opened in Hong Kong, the vinotherapy is expanding globally.
Mathilde THOMAS & Bertrand THOMAS
Member of 1% for the Planet