Loudenne also has a glittering history spanning 350 years. A prestigious past which has much to do with two British wine merchants: Alfred and Walter Gilbey. In 1875, these two lovers of the good life and all things beautiful decided to make the property their French home. Loudenne’s harbour facilitated the shipping of their wines by sea to London and to their distribution hubs around the world. They built ultramodern cellars for their time and modelled the park in the English style. For 125 years the Gilbey family, then the company they created, would build the vineyard’s fame and make Loudenne a lively and elegant place hosting unmissable parties.