Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

Fine wine – a safe haven in uncertain times.

We live in unpredictable times for sure and the markets are responding with blue-chip equities taking the punches. Currency markets are also feeling the stress with Sterling bumping around in a nerve-jangling way! Of course, for the lucky few, there is money to be made in volatility but there are also losses and a stable […]


Is your wine portfolio benefiting from strong regional growth?

We talk a lot about diversification when portfolio planning, whether that’s including alternative assets such as fine wine in an overall investment strategy or – when the focus is narrowed down to a fine wine portfolio – how we enhance performance and spread risk by diversifying by region and vintage. In a recent Vin-X blog, […]


DRC 2005 sells for US$1.5million breaking more records

Rare fine wine and whisky prices are breaking more records in Q4 2018. Newsfeeds about record-breaking sales of rare fine wine and Scotch whisky for six and seven figures are almost starting to feel routine and trade press have commented again on two such events at the end of November 2018. Sotheby’s has just published the […]


Top Bordeaux Off-Vintages have delivered triple digit growth since 2015

We have previously reported on the benefits of including ‘Off-Vintage’ wines in fine wine investment portfolios as they offer value and strong returns. Information just published by Liv-ex analysts endorses this view with top performing wines that have been acquired for modest sums seeing growth up to 170%. Liv-ex has looked at the Bordeaux wines […]


Burgundy’s Hospices de Beaune 2018 charity wine auction raises £12.6million

Every Autumn the most famous wine auction in the world is hosted by the Hospices de Beaune raising €millions in support of important causes from international buyers. This year’s auction took place over the 18th– 20th November and the funds raised have been published at €14.2million (£12.6million), beating 2017’s record-breaking total €13.5million. The Hospices de Beaune […]


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 […]