The beginning of the road
Foundation of the company by Emile De Schepper and his wife Ghislaine De Moor under the name « Het Rabot », situated on the Brusselsesteenweg 39 in Ghent. Activity: producing jenevers and liqueurs. Some ten years later also importation and distribution of a wine assortment.
Château Tour Baladoz
Purchase of the first wine domain in France: Château Tour Baladoz, Appellation Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Contrôlée
A very successful company
The company moves to its current location: Vogelenzang 1-4 in Ghent. The name changes into NV RABOTVINS.
Château Haut Breton Larigaudière
Purchase of a second estate in Margaux: Château Haut Breton Larigaudière, Appellation Margaux Contrôlée.
Firmin and Jacques De Schepper, the two sons of Emile, gradually take up the reins of the company. Spurred by their impulse, Rabotvins specializes in the wine and aperitif branch. The aperitif GODELIEVE, launched in 1958, knows a strong expansion.
A second wine based aperitif, FORTE D’ORO, is brought on the market and will be at the basis of a rapid growth in the nineties.
Firmin De Schepper loses his life in a tragic plane crash near Bordeaux. His brother Jacques, who until that day was only in charge of the financial management, suddenly has to assume other responsibilities too. Surrounded by a good team, he succeeds in modernizing Rabotvins and thus realizes an exceptional expansion.
Château Tayet, Appellation Bordeaux Supérieur Contrôlée, a domain of 7 hectares in Macau (at the limit of the Margaux appellation), completes the list of estates in property.
Château La Croizille
Purchase of a second domain in Saint-Emilion, situated near Château Tour Baladoz, with an exceptional terroir: Château La Croizille, Appellation Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Contrôlée, a vineyard with partly very old vines.
Renovation of the offices and expansion of the warehouses Today the group consists of 3 entities: In France: the 4 wine estates, good for 40 hectares of vineyards in the most prestigious appellations of Bordeaux. Total annual production: on average 230 000 bottles Also in France: « G. de Mour & Fils », négociant-éleveur export