A California winery that offers clients the chance to make their own wines - from choosing the grapes, to fermenting, blending, bottling and labelling ­- is considering setting up in Bordeaux.

Stephen Bolger, European representative for Crushpad, has been in Bordeaux meeting producers and winemaking consultants. He said that nothing was confirmed but added Crushpad could begin Bordeaux winemaking in 2009 or 2010.

"When you look at it, the demand for high end California wines is modest, while demand is global for wines from places like Bordeaux," he told just-drinks today (26 January).

Crushpad was set up in 2004 and has 5,000 clients, mainly in the US, although Japan is a growing market for the company, Bolger said.

The firm produced 1,500 barrels of wine in 2008, at between US$5,700 and $10,900 per barrel.