by Erick Wingfield
Wine auctions are a popular pastime for wine connoisseurs all around the world. Auctions provide the perfect venue for wine enthusiasts to gather, socialize and share their love of the drink. Regardless of your budget, there’s almost certainly a wine auction out there that will cater to your taste and style.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the top fine wine auctions from around the world. Each year, Premiere Napa Valley auctions are held to raise money for an organization called the Napa Valley Vintners.Each auction features exclusive, unreleased bottles of premium wines from Napa Valley’s top winemakers. The 2015 edition of this auction happened in February, and the average bottle cost about $300.
Top wines at this auction included brands such as Fairchild Napa Valley, Shafer Vineyards, Chateau Boswell Winery, and Silver Oaks Cellars. Sotheby’s Auction Sotheby’s is a well-known auction house that has become famous in recent years for selling wine. Did you know that Sotheby’s recently conducted a single-cellar wine auction for famed wine collector Don Stott?
This auction offered vintage burgundy wines that brought in a final bid of $8.4 million. Rare bottles such as Domaine Georges Roumier Bourgogne Rouge 2005 and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet 1973 were some of the items in Don Stott’s collection. These wines had been collected for decades by the connoisseur and his impeccable taste was rewarded with auction profits.
Each November, one of the most famous charity auctions in the word is held in France. Formally called the Hospices de Beaune Annual Auction, high-profile collectors descend upon the province of Burgundy to attend the event. The wine auctioned at Hospices de Beaune features grapes from the region that stem back to the 15th century. This prestigious event, which has always been highlighted with candlelight sales, originated almost 200 years ago.
Hospices de Beaune Annual Auction donates all proceeds from the event to religious and cultural organizations within the community. Many people who attend for the first time make a commitment to come back each year. The auction hosts tastings and other activities that complement the serene French setting.
Wine auctions provide fun for family and friends. Attending a high profile wine auction and buying a bottle for your personal collection is considered a bucket list item by many wine enthusiasts. A variety of tastes and budgets can be accommodated at these prestigious events. With a little research and a portion of your savings account, you can discover a highly prized bottle of wine at an auction near you.