Selecting the right wine for a meal can complement the flavors of your favorite cut of beef or bring out the subtle tastes of a seafood dish, but more and more people are discovering that the most exquisite wine pairings are those that enhance and embolden their investment portfolios.
But buying wine as a financial strategy? Adding fine wines provides diversity to your investment portfolio
that will put a smile on your financial advisor’s face. This is because he understands that the wine market operates independently of the stock market and because the trade is global, inflation is less keenly felt here. Wines, unlike stocks, which rise and fall with the economy, are impacted by growing and harvesting conditions, quantity, and quality of the vintage, and collector demands. Fine wine ages well in portfolios, as its value remains high even when the overall stock market contracts.
As Jamie Ritchie, Sotheby’s Global Head of Wines, observes, “For wines limited in supply by the size of the vineyards and appellations, such as the great wines of Burgundy or Bordeaux, it’s logical that the price will continue to increase over time.”
Why choose Sotheby’s?
For more than 275 years, Sotheby’s has been developing and fine-tuning its reputation as the world’s foremost resource for art, spirits, and luxury items. As a result, they bring together the most expansive network of field experts, collectors, investors, and consignors in the world, with a team that spans forty countries.
Exquisite taste and industry-leading knowledge set Sotheby’s apart, and the results speak for themselves. In ten years’ time, their Single Owner Wine Auctions have garnered $347 million in sales. Each product is carefully researched for its quality and condition, and the full history of the product is readily available.
Sotheby’s offers professional, fully-insured, climate-controlled storage facilities which are readily available for clients and make it simple to manage your investment virtually.
They also offer a concierge service with discreet experts who can research and locate the specific products you want to add to your cellar. They offer insights and counsel about the soundness of your investment and provide recommendations that will help you maximize your portfolio.
How does Sotheby’s Wine and Spirit Auction work?
Thanks to the conveniences of modern technology, one does not have to live near or travel to one of the auction houses located in London, Hong Kong, or New York, in order to participate. Sotheby’s Wine and Spirit Auctions
take place online, enabling you to preview offerings at your convenience, conduct the necessary research, and strategize your bidding.
George Lacey, head of Sotheby’s auction sales in London, touts the residual benefits of forced online operation during Covid, “Before Covid
Necessity has once again proven to be the mother of invention, and Sotheby’s offers a variety of options for their auction clients. Begin by creating an online account
. This process must be completed twenty-four hours in advance of any auction you wish to join. With your account successfully established, you have a variety of options as to how you bid.
In-person: In the classic approach to attending an auction, you use a paddle to indicate your desire to bid as the auctioneer calls out the going price for a particular bottle or case.
Over the phone: A Sotheby’s representative will be assigned to bid for you, and when it is time for your desired item to be bid upon, the agent will call you, and you can place a bid in real-time through this agent.
Online: Place a confidential bid before the auction begins. You will be able to monitor the progress of the auction as it takes place and adjust your bid if needed.
Absentee: You provide a bidding cap with a Sotheby’s representative in advance. The representative will then place bids for you until the limit is reached. Should your bid win, Sotheby’s will be in touch.
Once the auction is completed, Sotheby’s offers full-service and fully insured packing and shipping services. The security of your investment is their top priority, and they will go to great lengths to make sure your purchase is protected from the elements and hazards of transport.
Which is better…direct sale or auction?
For international auctioneer Charles Anton, selling by auction is the best route. “An auction takes advantage of the competitive nature of an enormous buyer base. For example, with [the] Burgundy market hot now, anyone consigning their rare Burgundies is selling into a rising market.”
He also points out the circumstances under which a direct sale may prove advantageous. “If time is of the essence and you’re comfortable with settling on a firm price, a direct sale may be the best choice.”
It really comes down to your sales goals and timeline for achieving them.
Developing your investment savvy
Whether you are a fledgling wine investor or an experienced connoisseur, staying abreast of the wine production process, the features of various vintages and new developments in the wine trade will make you a better investor. Jamie Ritchie recommends the following as invaluable additions to your personal library:
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson
Inside Bordeaux: The Chateaux, Their Wines and the Terroir by Jane Anson
Inside Burgundy by Jasper Morris
You’ll also want to take advantage of Sotheby’s Wine Indices
. The data provided will enable you to trace trends and compare investment values since 2005.
Build a stronger financial future
As you seek stable and profitable investments, you can count on the company that facilitates fifty-four percent of global wine sales, and they are leading the way in engaging the next generation of wine investors. Currently, seventy-five percent of Sotheby’s new buyers are under the age of fifty. There’s never been a better time to begin- or expand- your wine and spirit portfolio.
understands how important wise investments and diversification are for your peace of mind and a secure financial future. If you’d also like to learn more about investment opportunities in real estate, give her a call today.