About Vinergie

VINERGIE VINS DE FRANCE is the American branch of VINERGIE DIVINIA, a company founded by Christophe Mingeaud in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in 2003 focused on the international promotion and sales of wines from a select group of limited-production, artisan Rhône Valley producers. The U.S company, founded in 2014, is a partnership between Mingeaud and American industry veteran John O’Neill, a former Kobrand Regional Manager and Co-Founder of Vintage ’59 Imports. The duo has expanded the company scope to include like-minded vignerons in other French growing regions. All of the producers in the Vinergie portfolio are committed to the expression of terroir, sustainable/organic vineyard practices and a non-manipulative approach in the cellar. Most of of the Vinergie winemakers are recognized as quality leaders in their respective appellations while a few younger enlistees have already demonstrated the passion and potential to become stars in the very near future.

Provence native CHRISTOPHE MINGEAUD founded VINERGIE in 2003. Since that time, his Avignon-based agency has served as Export Director for several artisan, bio-focused Rhône Valley vignerons including Jean-Michel Stephan in Côte-Rôtie, David Reynaud (Domaine Les Bruyères) in Crozes-Hermitage, Matthieu Barret (Domaine du Coulet) in Cornas, Stan Wallut (Domaine de Villeneuve) in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gilles Ferran (Domaine des Escaravailles) in Rasteau. Born in Paris to a French father and English mother, Christophe spent most of his first decade in Cameroon and Gabon while his father served as a lead engineer for the Guinness Brewing Company in those African nations. Upon return to the south of France as a pre-teen, Christophe quickly adapted to the Provençal lifestyle. Later, four years at the University of Nice studying Geography established a great foundation for Christophe who now conducts business in more than 20 countries around the globe. A year of obligatory French military service in the Alps was followed by viticulture, oenology and wine commerce studies in Burgundy.   In 2000, while studying in Beaune, he met the love of his life, Julieanne Foley of Cork, Ireland. The couple now has three beautiful daughters: Oona, Tess and Alix. The family resides in Noves, a rural village on the outskirts of Avignon. Christophe also met his future American business partner, John O’Neill, in Beaune in 2000 (O’Neill was on his honeymoon). Mingeaud and O’Neill began supplier-importer collaboration in 2008 and officially formed the VINERGIE VINS DE FRANCE U.S. company in January of 2014.



California native JOHN O’NEILL manages the VINERGIE VINS DE FRANCE portfolio from his office in New York City. Following his seven years as California/Hawaii Regional Manager for the Kobrand Corporation (Champagne Taittinger, Louis Jadot, etc.), John has the spent the majority of the past two decades focused on the placement of artisanal French wines in key restaurant and retail accounts throughout the U.S. John developed and managed national distribution for the Michel-Schlumberger French portfolio from 1998 to 2003 when he and the Schlumberger portfolio manager branched off to form Vintage ’59 Imports with the same producers. In mid-2007, John left Vintage ’59 to develop Jeff Welburn Selections for the former owner of Angeles Wines in California. In the fall of 2009, he moved from San Francisco to New York to expand distribution of the fledgling Welburn French portfolio. After establishing the brands on the east coast, John and longtime friend and confidant Christophe Mingeaud branched off to launch VINERGIE VINS DE FRANCE in January of 2014 to focus on the brands they brought into the JWS portfolio in 2008. In addition to Mingeaud’s Rhône clients, the American branch of Vinergie now represents like-minded producers from other French regions including Antoine Sanzay in Saumur, Jean-Claude Lapalu in Beaujolais, Château de Pampelonne, Mas de Pampelonne, Domaine de la Fouquette (all in Côtes de Provence), Domaine d’Eole in Côteaux d’Aix, Château Salettes in Bandol and Clos d’Un Jour in Cahors.