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Our team has expertise in the financial and fine wine markets and we adopt a similar approach to a traditional stockbroker focusing on fine wine as an alternative investment asset. We provide a bespoke service, matching our clients’ personal requirements and wine investment goals with the best opportunities in the market, to create robust and profitable fine wine portfolios. Vin-X client wines selected by our analysts have out-performed the market trend historically.
We believe that all investors should have the opportunity to invest safely in fine wine and enjoy the performance benefits. As your partner we protect your interests as:
- We are founder members of the Wine Investment Association (‘WIA’) and abide by the Association’s Code of Practice which governs fulfillment, custodianship of clients’ wine and ethical marketing and selling techniques.
- With more than £20M of wine investment under management we are an authority on investing in fine wine. We have strong relationships in the fine wine market, employ analysts to identify the best market opportunities, produce reports and other wine investor information. We are regularly quoted and featured on Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox News, BBC Radio 4, The Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, The Independent, Shares Magazine, Harpers and Decanter and Huffington Post.
- To protect the quality and provenance of the wine we ensure that all client wines are stored in the London City Bond where owners can inspect their wine at any time.
If you are interested in finding out how fine wine can:
- provide value as a stable, tax efficient investment,
- deliver long term growth potential and
- enhance your overall investment portfolio
then speak to a member of our team on 0203 384 2262 or download our FREE guide to wine investment
If you own fine wine and would like a portfolio valuation or you are looking to sell your wine and would like a general view on the market we would be delighted to provide a consultation FREE of charge.
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We are regularly featured in the media giving our commentary on market growth, building a fine wine portfolio and the latest news from producers. We also speak about the benefits of including wine as an alternative investment (to shares, ISAs etc) within your portfolio. Our Chief Executive Officer has been featured both domestically (The Financial Times) and internationally (CNBC)
Market Updates from Vin-X
Investors will be taking a strong interest in some major auctions taking place around the world in the next couple of weeks. If Hart Davis Hart’s, in Chicago from Dec 10-12, is the biggest, that of Sotheby’s in London on Wednesday, 2nd December, will feature the oldest vintages, including a bottle of Lafite 1903.
That is one of more than 800 lots to go under the hammer in New Bond Street and is expected to fetch £600-700, a figure that should be trumped by a bottle of 1928 Mouton Rothschild (which carries an estimate of £1000-1300). Another single bottle of old Mouton, from 1957, will be offered, as will cases of 1952,1964 and 1996 from the estate.
Cases of 1964 Haut-Brion will also be up for grabs at between £2,400-2,800, while 12 bottles of Margaux are predicted to be sold for £3,600-4,600. On the Right Bank, Cheval Blanc and Le Pin, both from 1995, will go under the hammer, with the former in double magnums and imperials. Successive vintages of Yquem between 1988 and 1990 will be available in halves and imperials.
Burgundy will also be strongly represented – led by the likes of Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Henri Jayer and Armand Rousseau, backed up by smaller quantities of La Tache and Clos de la Roche. Italy, too, will feature, with Super Tuscans Solaia (1986) and Ornallaia (1999) on offer along Nebbiolo from with leading Piemonte winemaker, Roberto Voerzio, whose 1995 Barolo La Serra could be much sought after.
Hart Davis Hart, the leading American house, are predicting the largest wine auction of 2015 in Chicago next month. The 3,000-lot sale is expected to bring in between US$6.8-10.2m. “One of the most comprehensive collections of fine Burgundy ever to appear at auction” is being promised by HDH.
As many as 70 lots of Screaming Eagle are expected to make nearly $400,000, while 53 lots of Ridge Monte Bello could fetch up to $100,000. 66 lots of Coche-Dury should go for over $450,000, while Dom Perignon dating back to 1971 will surely attract buyers. The usual leading suspects from Bordeaux are on offer – first growths as well as Petrus and Le Pin. From Italy, Sassicaia and Giacomo Conterno will go under the hammer.
Before either of these two extravaganzas, an auction in Hong Kong on 27 & 28 November sees Alex Ferguson trying to cash in further on his extensive wine investments. This is the third tranche of the former Manchester United manager’s sell-off after he first realized around £2m in May 2014 in Hong Kong, and the second, a month later in London, raised £500,000. The canny Scot has invested extremely shrewdly in fine wine, and has offered up more of his extensive supply of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Tuscan wines. United’s massive support base in the Far East should attract the interest of many of their wealthier fans who are based there, and it will be interesting to see whether they have bought Fergie yet another windfall.
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Fine wine has been treated as an alternative asset by wealth managers for investment purposes for decades and is now becoming popular alongside other products such as ISAs, stocks and shares. The historical performance of fine wine is that of a stable, low-risk asset which does not directly correlate with more volatile financial markets (such as the FTSE100). As such it is a strong opportunity - an ideal accompaniment alongside savings, funds and other medium to long term products within a financial plan as part of a balanced portfolio.
As a tangible asset with finite supply and increasing rarity over time, fine wine generally resists downturns in financial markets and the effects of inflation, with increasing prices offering solid returns
How the market works
The key factor is the finite supply of investment-grade wine made per vintage by a select group of chateaux and producers with global reputations. European fine wines are predominant and in particular French wine, with Bordeaux accounting for over 70% of trade led by the First Growths.
Wines are quality scored by industry critics, such as Robert Parker, and valuations are influenced by this, the overall vintage quality, the producers’ brand reputation and rarity as wine is consumed, correlated with growing global demand. This dynamic creates a stable asset providing good, long term, tax-efficient returns for investors in fine wine.
Our Wine Investment service
Our specialist brokers provide a bespoke service to our clients to create profitable fine wine portfolios in line with their investment goals from acquisition to sale. As members of Liv-ex and the WIA our clients benefit from our market-leading analysis and systems and are offered investment-grade wines at the best prices for growth. We manage the safe storage and insurance of client wines with London City Bond, guaranteeing the provenance and future value of their wines.