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Three whales of the wine ocean extended a helping hand to winemakers – victims of war

08.06.2022, News

Artémis Domaines & Gérard Basset Foundation & Liquid Icons offer 20 thousand euros and study in prestigious chateaux in France and the United States.

The world is helping Ukraine on all fronts. We have just observed another opportunity that our winemakers can take advantage of: Artémis Domaines (company-owner of the famous Château Latour, Clos de Tart, Domaine d’Eugénie, Château Grillet, Eisele Vineyard) in partnership with Gérard Basset Foundation and Liquid Icons announced a new scholarship program for winemakers affected by the war in Ukraine.

Liquid Icons, a wine research company with an educational mission, was founded by two friends, the unique professional Gérard Basset, who was the only one person in the world to have such high titles at once – World Champion Sommelier, OBE, MW and MS. and Lewis Chester DipWSET.

Château Latour

Château Latour

In 2018, The Global Fine Wine Report appeared. But it soon turned out that Gerard had cancer, and after his death in January 2019, the title of this report was changed to The Gérard Basset Global Fine Wine Report. This unique free publication is based on a detailed survey conducted among leading wine professionals around the world: Masters of Wine (MW), Masters Sommelier (MS), sommeliers, wine brokers and traders, and other representatives of the wine industry.


In January 2021, Lewis decided to focus on charitable activities in the field of winemaking. Together with Gerard’s widow Nina Basset, as well as Ian Harris MBE DipWSET and Jancis Robinson OBE MW, as founding proxies, the Gérard’s Basset Foundation was established to honor the legacy of this extraordinary man. Lewis Chester is currently the Honorary President and Head of Fundraising at the Foundation.

Eisele Vineyard

Eisele Vineyard

Gérard’s Basset Foundation has focused on wine education. The foundation uses its funding for educational programs to increase the diversity and excitement of new players in the wine industry, as this will only make the world of wine better and stronger.

So it is no coincidence that the Gérard Basset Foundation became one of the participants in an international initiative to support winemakers affected by the war in Ukraine.

Clos de Tart

Clos de Tart

The € 20,000 scholarships for each of the five participants will be funded equally by the Artémis Domaines and the Gérard Basset Foundation in partnership with Liquid Icons. Famous, prestigious chateaux Château Latour, Clos de Tart, Domaine d’Eugénie, Château Grillet in France and Eisele Vineyard in the Napa Valley, USA take part in this charity program. The scholarship jury consists of Ian Harris MBE DipWSET, representing the Gérard Basset Foundation, Hélène Génin, Technical Director of Château Latour, and Jean Garandeau of Artémis Domaines.

Registration is open! Applicants can apply online until July 4, 2022.

Domaine d’Eugénie

Domaine d’Eugénie

Frédéric Engerer, CEO of Artémis Domaines, commented: “Everyone who is watching the devastation in Ukraine today can help but sympathize with the people whose lives have been so tragically damaged. That’s why we’re excited to work with the Gérard Basset Foundation and Liquid Icons to help our wine colleagues by getting them on their feet and taking advantage of the incredible learning opportunities they will have in the large chateaux we are fortunate enough to own and manage.”

Lewis Chester DipWSET from Liquid Icons and Head of Fundraising at the Gérard Basset Foundation added: “The work we do is committed to helping the winemakers of countries in aggression achieve their dreams in the wine, spirits and hospitality industries through education. Artémis Domaines has an unsurpassed collection of fine wines. These are productions in which anyone who is interested in the wine industry is willing to jump over his head just to work there. We are proud that Artémis Domaines has agreed to work with us to help dedicated winemakers who have been victims of the conflict in their country regain their dignity and their chosen career path.”