Category Archives: Wine Investment

A look at the pre-history of modern wine culture & production

From the lowest fresher student purchasing Lambrini at 2 for 1 prices, to the highest bon viveur enjoying classic Cheval Blanc ’47, wine is a great leveller; ubiquitous at all levels of our society, present at occasions as hallowed as Holy Communion and as debauched as a Friday night pub crawl. Arguably more than any […]


Has technology enhanced the fine wine market?

We have all read about drones over Afghanistan being remotely operated from the UK but now it seems that a chateaux owner in Bordeaux with deep pockets has invested 50,000 Euros in a newly-developed vineyard drone for his numerous estates. Equipped with cameras and other sensors these unmanned mini-helicopters can measure plant damage, disease and […]


Diversify and avoid coffin corner!

On the surface the UK economy looks rosy, unemployment is down, growth is fastest amongst the G7 nations, the housing market is booming and even the weather has been dry. However the stock market may be approaching an interesting juncture known as “coffin corner” where the slightest miscalculation could lead to a crash. Those in […]


2013 En Primeur – Did Bordeaux get the pricing right?

The month’s end sees the Bordeaux 2013 en primeur season draw to a close and what opinion is to be drawn? Certainly many wholesale acquirers of fine wine may feel that much of the Bordelaise community is still not in tune with the market when it comes to pricing strategy. 2013 is the third vintage […]


Has the fine wine market really changed in 2013?

Traditionally the fine wine investment market has moved very slowly around only 5 wines, the First Growths, which have dominated the market almost since the dawn of  time or as long as wine has been shipped from Bordeaux. However in the last few years and particularly in the last 12 months it seems that the […]


Time to sell? DRC hitting record highs

Domaine de la Romanée Conti (DRC) continues to see exceptional price rises, with a world record $476,000 paid for a 1978 Romanée Conti at Christie’s in Hong Kong over the weekend. Indeed, the auction highlighted the current popularity and price premium of Burgundy and DRC specifically, with six of the ten most expensive lots being […]


A Dog Chasing its Tail

Vin-X examines the circular nature of wine investment industry news Sharks can detect one drop of blood in a million drops of water, and smell blood from 400m away. When one shark smells blood, others begin to gather, and often within minutes there is a ‘feeding frenzy,’ attracting sharks for miles around to fight and […]


Why don’t the majority of Brits prefer fine wine?

According to a recent survey by the London Wine Academy 80% of people in a blind tasting preferred the bottle that cost £5.99 as opposed to the bottle that cost £19.99. The grape variety was Chardonnay but one was from Australia whilst the other was a well-known Premier Cru from Burgundy. Yet it seems that […]


Counterfeit Wine: What you need to know

Vin-X examines the importance of provenance when buying Investment-Grade wine Wine is a great investment, and gives access to a host of unique benefits that other financial products simply cannot match. However, as ever when there is money to be made, there are plenty of unsavoury characters sniffing around the market, and potential investors need […]


Movers and Shakers

As Liv-Ex releases its Power 100 Index for 2013, Bordeaux shows up other regions despite PR hype. Liv-Ex has just released the 2013 Power 100, a yearly list of the most powerful brands in the market. What’s interesting about 2013 is that for the first time since the list has been compiled, the top spot […]