Wine investment refers to the acquiring of specific wines with the intent to sell them on in the hope that the wine’s value has improved. Unfortunately it is an industry that attracts a lot of scams and can be unlikely to deliver the results promised.

Fine wine investment has continued to increase in popularity since the 90s. It is important to remember that wine is a long-term investment that requires a minimum of 7-10 years. Anyone promising you quick results is not to be trusted.

Buying Wine Investments

Wine for investment tends to be sold in sets of 3, 6, 9,12 or 13, the latter being for collectors who wish to try a bottle. Some wine exchanges require a full case, but selections of three wines can allow you to start collecting verticals of single wines

The UK government warns against up-front commission when buying investments. If a company is charging commission up-front rather than at the point of selling it is advisable to proceed with caution. Remember, wine is a long-term investment, so an up-front commission is not in the investor’s interests.

A decent wine portfolio will cost approximately £5000 to get started. You will also need to store the wine. Bonded storage warehouses are the most popular option as they avoid having to pay duty or VAT on your stored wine. However it’s important to take into account the cost of storage when investing in wine as it may affect how worthwhile it is.

Investment wine requires a lot of thought and research to avoid scams and schemes. It is often advertised as “recession proof” which is certainly not true. Never invest more than you can afford to lose as no investment is fool-proof, least of all wine investment, and it should never be a majority part of your portfolio.

Wine Investment Methods

There are two main methods for investing in wine. One is to purchase and re-sell individual bottles or cases of certain wines at a later date, hopefully at a higher price than that which you bought them. The other is to purchase shares in an investment wine fund that pools investors’ capital.

The first option often requires the assistance of a wine merchant, broker or consultant with an in-depth knowledge of the wine market to help guide one’s purchases. This helps to minimise the investment risk.

However problems have been known whereby brokers have persuaded clients to buy wine and then either go entirely AWOL or into liquidation. This can leave clients either with nothing but a big loss or wine they do not necessarily know what to do with “under bond”. We are more than happy to help clients that find themselves in the latter situation by releasing their investment in the wine and collecting the cases from the facility in which they’re kept.

Wine funds are risky as some have been found to be fraudulent in the past, as with all forms of investment it is incredibly important to do diligent research on the subject.

Selling A Wine Investment

When investors want to sell investment wine, for reasons varying from ridding themselves of bottles they will never drink to wanting a return on a ten year investment, to selling before prices drop, we aim to make the process easy.

With The London Wine Cellar you will be required to fill out a valuation form, stating the wines you are wishing to sell. Our offers are very competitive due to our extensive experience in the wine investment industry and our close relationships with buyers.

Once we have received the wine and checked the quality we make your payment straight away so that you may realise your investment and put the money to use as you wish.

Many of the people running the more dubious wine investment companies do not have experience in the wine industry but in other parts of the investment industry.

The London Wine Cellar have years of experience in the wine industry and we aim to make selling investment wine a simple and transparent process. We value our clients trust and are happy to talk on the phone or meet at our London office to discuss your options.

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A member of our team will organise a collection and upon arrival we will do a quality check of your wine. Providing it meets requirements, we pay you directly.

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Whether you’re looking to sell wine to release retirement funds or wanting to diversify your portfolio, we can make a competitive offer on your portfolio.

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Timothy Block & Edward Kennedy founded The London Wine Cellar in 2013 after gaining expertise and industry insight both in the wine and investment fields.

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