Category Archives: Wine Investment

Barbarians at the Grape: New KKR bid for Treasury Wines

One of the world’s major wine producers is back on the market. Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), which owns important wine brands including Penfolds and Wolf Blass, has agreed to open its books to private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) which has placed a $3.4bn Australian dollar takeover bid (£1.88bn) on the company. […]

Man Utd winner Sir Alex Ferguson continues to profit from wine

Sir Alex Ferguson continues to pocket profits from his wine investments in the second of three scheduled auctions. Christie's announced sales of just under £400,000 from 140 lots from the Sir Alex Ferguson CBE Collection with s magnum of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti 2002 Burgundy raising £16,450. The first of the three auctions in May […]

Bach, Nudity and Spiders: Top 5 strange wine production techniques

With wine production regarded more and more as a science as well as an art, Vin-X examines a few of the more unusual tactics employed by different winemakers. What have you got in your garden shed? A lawnmower? A couple of rakes, some hedge trimmers? Perhaps even something a bit heavier like a chainsaw or […]

Industry Champagne Report 2014 points to future value

Drinks Business published their 2014 Champagne Report earlier this month updating the market on the 2030 initiative launched in 2012 to improve the long term value of the region and its wines. In response to the massive success of sparkling wines and the emerging power of this competition the two key organisations, the Union des […]

The Rich Wine List

The annual Sunday Times Rich list was published yesterday and as ever threw the spotlight on some interesting new entries. With regards to the wine trade the emergence of the Perrodo family was the biggest and highest new entry whilst lower down the scale Laithwaite's, Majestic and Berry Brothers and Rudd all emerged as generators […]

Is Bordeaux en primeur still relevant in 2014?

By common consent the 2013 Bordeaux vintage has been far from their best, yet they still made reasonable wine thanks to modern winemaking technology. However the Bordelais have shot themselves in the foot because of their mishandling of their en primeur campaign. En Primeur is a French wine trade term for wine sold as a […]

Luxury brands battle for soul of en primeur?

Is it a coincidence that Yquem, owned by LVMH, decided on Monday to mimic Latour, also owned by another luxury brand, Kering and not release their wine during en primeur season? For the 3rd year in a row no new vintage of Yquem will be released during the traditional en primeur season. Latour famously withdrew […]

Liv-ex founder believes market now in better shape

Trade magazine, Harpers, interviewed Liv-ex director, Justin Gibbs, this month wherein he acknowledged the fact that the en primeur system has priced out average collectors and investors over the past few years. The original rationale of en primeur pricing by the chateaux was to reward the payment for wine two years in advance of receipt […]