About us

At Maison Wessman, we know that excellence is born of passion and potential, hard work and commitment to the highest standards.

Above all, we know that excellence is about achieving the perfect balance.

Honouring heritage, while daring
to explore new horizons

Driven By passion

It took Robert Wessman, fervent wine connoisseur and world traveller, over fifteen years to find what he was looking for. 12th century Château de Saint-Cernin, home to wine production for centuries with exceptional vineyard micro-parcels in the Bergerac appellation, is the result of this journey and the beginning of our story. With a clear vision of the incredible potential of Château de Saint-Cernin and an ambitious plan to realise it, Robert Wessman and his partner Ksenia Shakhmanova set out to revive and reinvent the Estate’s ancient wine-making heritage.

And so Maison Wessman was born.

. . . Dedicated to a mission

Today, we continue to develop the potential of Château de Saint-Cernin, while fulfilling a wider ambition: to craft world class wines from select French terroirs to delight connoisseurs.

Following our vision,
relying on the expertise of the best

Guided by Discernment

At Maison Wessman, we know from experience that the most
remarkable achievements are accomplished by seeking the
unexpected and by seeing potential in the not yet realised.

. . . Defined by the Highest
Standards

We also understand that vision is just the beginning. Excellence
requires dedication and reliance on the skills of the best. This is why
our wines are crafted under the expert supervision of the world
renowned oenologist, Michel Rolland, and a team of the world’s best
Sommeliers.

Where the legacy started

Château de Saint-Cernin is a 12th century feudal castle restored in 1875 and acquired in the 2000’s by Robert Wessman. The castle is located in Saint-Cernin-de-Labarde, set in the heart of the “Périgord Pourpre” (Purple Périgord) region, describing the colour of the red wines produced in the area around Bergerac.

This majestic edifice has been home to wine production for centuries, as evidenced by the designs above the fireplace in the main dining room, up until the beginning of the 20th century.

Nowadays, the castle mainly hosts public relations and business events organized by Maison Wessman.