As one of the 12 wine-producing families that make up the @PrimumFamiliaeVini, we are pleased to announce that we have selected Maison Bernard in Brussels, Europe’s oldest luthier workshop, as the winner of the €100,000 PFV Prize of 2021.
Maison Bernard is a world-renowned maker and repairer of violins and is managed by father and son Jan and Matthijs Strick. They are famed for their extraordinary knowledge and craftsmanship and were recently entrusted with the repair of an almost priceless Stradivarius from 1732.
Jan is an international authority on the Flemish school of violin making from the 17th and 18th centuries. This award will contribute to the publication of his book on violins and will finance Matthijs’s travel to Chicago to gain experience with one of the world’s finest violin shops – helping to guarantee the future of this great family enterprise.
Under the ‘Family is Sustainability’ motto - together with their long histories and the fame of their wines - the PFV aim to encourage independent family-owned companies to continue their projects and to incentivize product excellence, generational succession, social responsibility and sustainability. These values are paramount to the twelve winemaking PFV members.
"We had many applicants from around the world and selection was difficult but ultimately the jury felt that Maison Bernard is a brilliant example of exquisite handicraft and the maintenance of an ancient artisanal tradition in family hands, exactly as we fight to sustain our own family enterprises."
- Matthieu Perrin, President of the PFV.
Watch Maison Bernard's story here.