Unlocking Youthful Beauty: The Caudalie Story of Anti-Aging Discovery and Vinotherapy

Unlocking Youthful Beauty: The Caudalie Story of Anti-Aging Discovery and Vinotherapy

The power of the grape vine to provide vinotherapy.

Posted October 23, 2023

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In a world where youthful appearance is highly sought after, Mathilde Thomas and her husband, Dr. Joseph Vercauteren, stumbled upon a groundbreaking discovery that could slow down the aging process. This serendipitous encounter took place at their family’s vineyard in 1993, setting the stage for a transformative journey.

Dr. Vercauteren, an esteemed professor at Bordeaux University’s Faculty of Pharmaceutics, unveiled a remarkable find: grape seeds, typically discarded at the end of a harvest, held a potent anti-aging compound known as polyphenol.

Recognizing the potential of this revelation, Mathilde and Dr. Vercauteren decided to take action. In 1995, they launched the Caudalie skincare line, marking the beginning of a remarkable adventure. But their ambition didn’t stop there. In 1999, they trademarked the name Caudalie Vinothérapie and introduced the world’s first vinotherapy hotel, Les Sources de Caudalie, on their picturesque French estate.

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Since its inception, the concept of vinotherapy has spread worldwide, with similar spas opening in Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Australia, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. Despite the growth, Les Sources de Caudalie remains the most renowned and sought-after destination for vinotherapy enthusiasts.

Les Sources de Caudalie offers a range of rejuvenating experiences, from the indulgent Pulp Friction massage to treatments utilizing Olavie’s Le Vin range of oils derived from Chardonnay grape seeds. Their grape extract facials and wine-infused baths are just a glimpse into the luxurious world of vinotherapy. Additionally, visitors can enjoy treatments featuring oils and creams sourced from Chardonnay, Pinot, and Chianti grapes.

For those eager to explore wine spas in other parts of the world, Spain’s Marqués de Riscal Hotel, nestled in the heart of Rioja wine country and opened in 2006, promises an overwhelming experience. South Africa’s Santé Winelands Hotel & Wellness Centre offers Vinotherapy, while the Kenwood Inn and Spa in the USA, a 30-room Mediterranean-style villa surrounded by vineyards in the Sonoma Valley, specializes in the Sauvignon Massage.


However, amidst the growing popularity of Vinotherapy, Mathilde Thomas cautions against some of the newer establishments’ practices. She emphasizes that “Bathing in wine is definitely not the same as harnessing the power of grape polyphenols responsibly and effectively.”

Unlock the secrets of timeless beauty with Caudalie and vinotherapy, where nature’s bounty meets the science of anti-aging. Experience the rejuvenation and luxury that only wine can offer, and discover the allure of Les Sources de Caudalie, the pioneer and ultimate destination in the world of vinotherapy.

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  • Jacqueline “Jackie” Jones is a Barbadian author and entrepreneur who spends more time lost in the virtual world than anyone should. Jackie loves meeting new people as much as she loves traveling, and she’s often guilty of “interviewing” unsuspecting strangers whether they want her to or not. When she’s not dealing with the day-to-day of running two businesses (Originz Multimedia and Waterway Media), or spending time with family and friends, Jackie turns to words and is an accomplished speculative fiction writer.