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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.
Press and Media
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
Vin-X were fortunate enough to attend a prestigious annual 10 year on tasting for the 2006 Bordeaux vintage this week. While clearly not as significant a trade event as the same tasting last year for the legendary 2005 vintage, it was still fascinating to taste these wines back to back, and update our opinions on what was, if not a weak vintage, certainly a mixed one.
In fact each of the seven tables (there were a total 71 wines to taste) held at least one pleasant surprise, and some of the highlights were very high indeed.
To understand the nature of the vintage, it’s worth singling out the words used to describe the weather conditions seen in 2006: “sweltering, coolish, humid, overcast, blistering, torrential, exceptional heat, drizzly, modest temperatures, tremendous heatwave” all of which were used to describe just the four months from June-September, and go a long way to explaining the character of 2006.
This was the first significant tasting for the 2006s since the Southwold tastings in 2010; we were lucky enough to see the scores from that event and while we were sworn to secrecy it was certainly instructive to compare the wines performance today to 6 years ago.
Our “all things considered” award for wines under £1,000 per case is split between Pontet Canet and La Conseillante, both of which offered good drinking at sane prices. Honourable mention here goes to Brane Cantenac.
In the luxury category for wines over £1,000 we would highlight Leoville Las Cases, Pavie and Angelus. Many favourable things were also said about La Mission Haut Brion.
As far as the ‘money no object’ wines were considered, that’s where the strapline for this article comes from. In context of the other wines shown, the likes of Lafite, Ausone, Le Pin and Petrus were a revelation, so much more sophisticated, so much deeper and so much more subtle than anything else on offer.
It feels like a cop-out to award wine of the vintage to Petrus, 2900% more expensive than the most affordable of our “all things considered” wines, but when excellence beats you around the head with a bat, you can’t really ignore it.
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My over-riding requirement is to make money without taking significant risk. Some people are in the wine market to drink it, or lay it down for their daughter’s wedding … I am in it purely for the investment return over the medium to longer term and enjoy learning about another asset class. So far Vin-X has lived up to everything printed on their bottle ... And I look forward to a fruitful relationship for both parties.— Charles McManus. Vin-X client, Surrey
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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.