Notebook

Wilfried – Workshop’s foreman

“Mister plus“

How long have you been at Calon Ségur?

I arrived at Calon Ségur in 2008, as a mechanic. Since then, my position has evolved a lot, I am workshop’s foreman.

What is a workshop’s foreman?

It is many things! Most of my job consists in insuring the maintenance of all the mobile equipment on the property, on the winegrowing part (tractors) or winemaking (the harvest’s reception machines); more largely we must insure a general maintenance at the chateau on the technical aspect.

"The equipment is computerized, much more precise, light, less polluting…
Those are exceptional work conditions."

What is your background ?

Before joining Calon, I was a trained boilermaker: I always liked innovating, inventing, and I worked several years at the prototype department of a dealership in the Médoc.

What is your biggest challenge ?

You need a great availability and a lot of prevention, planning to always have functioning equipment and insure their longevity. For me, there is never an emergency at Calon Ségur: emergencies are at the hospital. I have been a volunteer firefighter in the Médoc for almost fifteen years. It is an important part of my life, at the same range of my job and family. It brings us another vision of things, facing misery or distress. And it is a wealth I am proud of.

What is « your » Calon ?

An avant-garde property! When I arrived I was alone in a little workshop where tractors could barely fit. We then had four tractors that worked for the estate; today we have about twenty of them. The workshop I have today at my disposal, in equipment, in technology, in staff, in time, is a real luxury. The equipment is computerized, much more precise, light, less polluting… Those are exceptional work conditions.