As the Maison de Grand Esprit Winemaker, Sebastien is tasked with combining his experience of classic ‘Old World’ techniques with ‘New World’ mentality and style. Sourcing from his extensive network, the resulting wines challenge French style and sourcing norms.
Born into a family of French winemakers and grapegrowers, Sebastien Long always had an inherent passion for wine. He has enjoyed winemaking, not only in his home regions of Bordeaux and Rhone Valley, but also in California and Australia.
At 16, he studied an apprenticeship in winemaking and wine sales which led him to formally studying winemaking and vineyard management at an agricultural college in Burgundy. From here, he studied wine marketing at Montpellier SupAgro – the National Institute of Higher Education in Agricultural Sciences in southern France. this rounded out his knowledge of understanding the entire wine process from grape to glass and also meant his network extended across all regions in France. recognized for his wine knowledge, Sebastien won first prize in a "Young Wine tasters" blind competition at the 2004 Salon International de l’Agriculture in Paris. this annual show renowned as one of the largest, and most important, agricultural and wine shows in the world and winning this prize meant Sebastien quickly enhanced his reputation within the industry.
Over his years as a winemaker, Sebastien has enjoyed working not only in his home country, but also in California and several regions within australia. His time spent abroad has provided a great understanding and affinity with winemaking in the ‘New World’.
With a love for winemaking that runs deep, Sebastien is married to a Chilean winemaker and father to a three year old daughter. in his spare time, Sebastien enjoys gardening and growing his own organic vegetables to cook and pair with great wines.