On October 1, Stéphanie Daumas became the first person to hold the role of General Director for the regional body since the post was created in 2007.
The 41-year-old qualified oenologist and lawyer previously managed the Vaucluse IGP, the Vieille Julienne estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Victor Contis cooperative in the Southern Rhône. Between 2014-2018, she also had a leading position for the Dolia negociant business subsidiary of Raphaël Michel France’s largest bulk wine supplier.
In 2018, Raphaël Michel was charged with falsifying 300,00hl of Rhone wine – 15% of the total Côtes du Rhône production. Two years later, in January 2020, the case was dropped on procedural grounds, but the French platform Vitisphere reported that its former CEO, Guillaume Ryckwaert who had been arrested and placed on €1m bail remained under investigation.
In August 2018, the Dolia and Raphaël Michel businesses were acquired by Labruyère développement et industrie.