Anne Buisson of European Cellars imports wines to the United States from hundreds of producers, 50 % of which are French. As such, many samples of wines are shipped to the United States for tasting tours. She discovered VignoblExport in 2014 through a wine producer.
“It started with a few producers who decided to entrust their wines to VignoblExport for their sample shipments. The speed, efficiency and responsiveness of the service soon convinced many others.
Shipping wines to the United States is not always easy and requires a lot of very specific documents. VignoblExport offers a service that makes life much easier for winemakers. They just have to give their information and VignoblExport handles everything from the prior notice to the pro-forma invoice. They provide the packaging requested by carriers and in the hour following your request, you have your answer or your quote. And in addition the quote is lower than that of other carriers...
All this is extremely reassuring for winemakers because there can be significant consequences if a package does not arrive on time. Not only financial consequences but also on the quality of the wine. In summer, when it is 35°C/95°F and the wine is held in non-refrigerated customs warehouses due to paperwork issues, there is a high risk of the wines being damaged. Working with VignoblExport helps avoid these risks.
Over the past two years we've had only positive feedback. The winemakers stop trying to ship their samples on their own and call us back to thank us for the tip-off.
For us importers, it is also simpler. When there are no hold ups at customs because all the paperwork was completed properly upstream, it's a real time saver for us. ”