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About Jacob P. Smits

Our Vosges farm near La Forge

About me


I am Jacob.Pieter Smits. You can click on my name to view my LinkedIn profile.

As a doctor in Economics I worked for publisher Reed Elsevier and newspaper organization Cebuco in Amsterdam. I then started my own software company DiskAd Publish One that focuses on publishing tools and solutions.

In 2003 I moved to France.

JoliSoleil is the name I gave the old farm (+/- 1750) in France that I bought in 1999.

After emigrating from Holland to France in 2003, I also named my gite vacation rental company "JoliSoleil" or "JS".

High & Rooms

Another hobby is music. As a young man I built loudspeakers and amplifiers myself. In later years I invested in some nice highend equipment.

A couple of years I worked for Final Electrostatic Loudspeakers.

Under the name High & Rooms I help people in selecting equipment that sonically but also visually fits in their (living) room. Checkout the H&R Facebook group.

For more information mail me at

About wine 

I have been interested in wine practically all my life. Living in Amsterdam I did the "SVH- Slijters Vakopleiding". (WSET 2)

It is not a coincidence that I came to live in France right between the wine regions of Alsace and Burgundy.


The wine tastings and tours started as a hobby. Over the years they became more and more important. It grew to be part of my business in 2012. Since then I organize private (more) day tours and wine tastings in the French Alsace and Burgundy region and Tuscany Italy all year round.

Language, Sprache, Taal, Langue

  • English

  • Deutsch

  • Nederlands

  • Francais




I am available for presentations and lectures.


Over the years I have been a speaker for business clubs and on congresses on topics like "Alsace" or  "wine & food", but also "digital marketing" and "the development of electronic banking".

I combine my theoretical knowledge with a lot of practical experience I have gained over the years.

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