LAFFORT: PRECISION OENOLOGY DRIVEN BY PASSION AND INNOVATION

The LAFFORT® story began in 1895 and continues today to innovate in precision oenology, inspired by nature, revealing and protecting the quality of your wines while respecting the distinctiveness of the grape varieties and the authenticity of the terroirs.

Determination, intuition, passion and the search for quality… These are the characteristics that inspired the pioneering Jean LAFFORT when he founded the company in 1895, and continue to inspire each generation that follows. A family company founded in the Bordeaux region, LAFFORT® soon opened to the wider world, exporting its know-how on the international market. The company deployed this expertise by following in Pasteur’s footsteps and making research a priority in its development. This research was carried out in the laboratory and in the field – in the vineyards and cellars, close to nature and the winemakers – to watch, listen, understand and innovate.

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Jean Laffort

Founder

A committed, responsible company, LAFFORT® is the source for numerous discoveries in modern oenology. This includes the registration of no less than 18 international patents. Over the years, based on the results of its R&D work and progress in biotechnology, the company provides very targeted preventative and curative products that apply our focus on precision oenology. In other words, modern, reasoned and inspired by nature. And always with the aim of providing winemakers throughout the world with natural, high-quality products that allow them to make and keep the best wines to meet the expectations of modern consumers. LAFFORT® is a resolutely forward-looking company and has invested in innovative production facilities to meet its customers’ requirements. It has also introduced a rigorous organisation that combines quality with reliability, safety and traceability.

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A group with French roots and international influence.

Established in over 50 countries, LAFFORT® can count on over 120 years of history and on the dynamism, know-how and entrepreneurial spirit of its employees to create the oenology of the future, by continuing to combine industrialisation and precision with passion and innovation.

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1895

LAFFORT® founded by Jean LAFFORT.

1958

Introduction of a vacuum Metatartaric Acid production process: increased esterification index and improved product solubility: POLYTARTRYL®.

1994

Identification and revelation of Sauvignon Blanc aromas: selection of ZYMAFLORE® VL3.

1996

Enzyme purification to eliminate cinnamoyl esterase activity: LAFASE® HE GRAND CRU.

1999

First oenological product manufacturer to be ISO 9002 certified.

2000

IDP process: granulation of tannins to facilitate their dissolution in the must or wine: TANIN VR SUPRA®.

2004

Taste impact, identification of the sapid peptide and its original protein (Hsp12): OENOLEES® & OENOLEES® MP.

2004

Yeasts: introduction of directed breeding: ZYMAFLORE® X5, followed by ZYMAFLORE® X16, RX60, FX10XPURE

2006

Protein and tartaric stability in wines: the role of mannoproteins: MANNOSTAB®.
Golden Trophy for Innovation at Vinitech 2006.

2006

Development of the exclusive PreAc® production process: reduced latency phase and improved bacteria survival: LACTOENOS® 450 PreAc.

2014

Vegetal protein (patatin): VEGECOLL®.
Nominated for the Innovation Awards – SITEVI 2015.

2017

Micronised plant fibre for selective contaminant adsorption. Reduced Ochratoxin A and pesticide residue content: FLOWPURE®.
Gold Medal at the Innovation Awards – SITEVI 2017.

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