Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

Fine wine outperforms UK and US financial markets in October 2018

All of the Liv-ex fine wine benchmarks saw a stronger performance than the FTSE 100 and S&P500 in October 2018. Liv-ex has released its monthly performance review for October 2018 to trade members and it comes as no surprise that fine wine has outperformed international equity markets which have experienced the largest monthly fall this year […]

Halloween Horrors in Equity Markets not suffered by ‘safe haven’ Fine Wine

Global commentators reported on Halloween that the “stock market horrors” experienced across the globe in October 2018, from HK to NY, have seen key indices take dramatic falls and markets lose $billions in value. Some view the current malaise as a result of the deepening trade war between the world’s two strongest economies, a view […]

Penfolds Grange 2018 collection hits the market!

We haven’t heard much from Down Under this year so news this week of Australia’s top vineyard’s latest release definitely stirs up interest. Probably the only southern hemisphere wine estate producing wines of such quality and rarity to support a strong secondary market, Penfolds Grange is a key focus for wine investors looking for growth […]


RECORD-BREAKING WINE SALES AND IDENTIFYING FUTURE VALUE: Our monthly market report provides an update on the performance of the key market indices published by Liv-ex  along with a round-up on the industry news, critics’ views  and top tips for investors in fine wine. This month’s Vin-X report will allow you to: Get the latest market data […]

Record breaking DRC sale shows the demand for top quality fine wine is at an all-time high

Sotheby’s NY auction of extremely rare fine wine owned by the esteemed Burgundy negociant, Robert Drouhin, has broken records and attracted the attention of the world’s media. Two bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti 1945 were auctioned by Sothebys in New York on the 13th October, the first raising US496,000 (£377,000) and the second […]

Bubbling, effervescent Champagne shows strength and stability as an investment

Liv-ex has just circulated an enlightening report to its trade members on the evolution of the growing secondary market for the very best wines of Champagne and their importance as an inclusion in a fine wine portfolio. The report’s opening statement reads: “Champagne is a unique product among its fine wine peers. Its distribution network is […]

Should fine wine be classed as a ‘Safe Haven Asset’?

What do we mean when we describe an asset as a ‘safe haven’? Generally, these are investments that protect value; at least maintaining or increasing in price during periods of financial or economic uncertainty and downturns. These assets should preserve capital, withstand market volatility and provide diversification across a portfolio. What does a ‘safe haven […]

The ‘Power of Parker Perfection’

Robert Parker Jnr has probably been the single most influential individual on the modern fine wine market, becoming the trusted authority on quality whose opinion has moved markets in the most valuable wines in the world. A wine awarded 100 points by Parker is extremely rare, has the highest quality rating and should, by association, […]