Born into a family that valued innovation, culture, music and beauty, Olivier Bernstein, whose grandfather founded the noted Bärenreiter music publishing house which represented the works of Mozart, Bach and Schubert, originally worked for the rail industry, which took him across continent after continent. His spare time was used learning about wine, which served as the common denominator among new cultures. His avocation grew, prompting him to earn a degree in viticulture and oenology in Beaune. In 2002, he realized his dream and purchased a nearly 20-acre tract of land in the south of France and began creating Mas de la Devèze, his first attempt at wine production. It was a hit not only in France but across five continents, and it validated his decision to make wine professionally. Learning more about Pinot Noir through his associations with vintners in Burgundy, he created the négociant house that bears his name in 2007. The house produces only small amounts of grand crus and exceptional premier crus. In 2012, he purchased the Mazis-Chambertin grand cru and Gevrey-Chambertin premier cru Les Champeaux vines, catapulting his business to the next level.