About American Friends of Cité du Vin

Our Mission

American Friends of Cité du Vin is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises public awareness of and support for La Cité du Vin, a center in Bordeaux, France, dedicated to the history and culture of wine.

Together, our members play a vital role by supporting educational exhibits and programs dedicated to wine culture, history, environment, and the stories of the extraordinary people behind the wines enjoyed around the world.

The Cité du Vin is the embodiment of wine in its fullest sense, a home for the role wine plays in the life of society since earliest history. Its focus on wine’s impact on the arts, music, ecology, and of course the everyday enjoyment of life is at the core of the Cité.
We, the American Friends, are there to support its mission. George Sape, President
  • About La Cité du Vin

    La Cité showcases vineyards from around the world through both permanent and temporary multi-media, multi-sensory and interactive exhibits, wine culture workshops, and special events. Since 2016, over 1.5 million visitors from 178 countries have explored the world of wine situated in the heart of Bordeaux!

Our Leadership


George Sape – President of the Board – AFCDV; Managing Partner Emeritus, Epstein Becker & Green

Denise Adams – Proprietor, ADAMVS (Napa) and Château Fonplégade (Bordeaux)

Sanjiv Das – President, Pagaya

James Finkel – Senior Advisor, Kroll LLC

Michael Katz – Founder & CEO, Oxworth Capital

Albert H. Nahmad – Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Watsco, Inc.

Philippe Newlin – Bordeaux Buyer & Director of Fine Wine, Wine.com

Daniel Pacthod – Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Jamie Ritchie – Chief Operating Officer, Block Bar | Former Chairman, Wine & Spirits, Sotheby’s

David Sadroff – Philanthropist

Robert F. Smith – Founder, Chairman, & CEO of Vista Equity Partners

Craig Stapleton – Chairman, American Friends of the Château de Compiègne and former Ambassador to France

David Wolf – Managing Director U.S., Petrus, & Managing Director, C.A. Holdings