Why wine families succeed and endure

From Bordeaux to Mayo, the clans who rule the wine world are built to last

In Ashford Castle, Co Mayo, the worlds of wine and hospitality now collide

Some time around 1640, and for the next century, Château de Fieuzal (today a Classed Growth in Bordeaux) was owned by the Rochefoucauld family, whose members included the famed writer François de La Rochefoucauld, author of Maxims. In the intervening four centuries, there have been just four family owners and, for a short seven-year period, a bank.

Today, Château de Fieuzal is owned by Lochlann Quinn (the Irish business magnate, former ESB chairman, ...