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Wine & Spirits

Welcome to our Wine and Spirits department. The allure of wine as an investment has remained constant and continues to captivate enthusiasts at auctions.

Today, the internet offers extensive coverage, making it easy for interested individuals to discover upcoming wine auctions. With thorough cataloging, potential buyers don't even need to visit the saleroom, a convenience especially appreciated by those in distant markets.

While Bordeaux's red wines boast outstanding options that can command substantial prices, the world of fine wine extends beyond France. Wines from Penfold in Australia and Robert Mondavi in California have garnered dedicated followings, securing their place in high-priced auctions. Vintage port, known for its consistency in fetching good prices, should not be overlooked.

Wine is a captivating subject. Out of approximately half a million vineyards worldwide, only a select few hundred hold the potential for investment or premium quality consumption. The skill lies in differentiating investment-grade wine, which may never be uncorked but has investment potential, from wine meant for immediate enjoyment that could also be cellared for investment purposes.

To achieve top prices, the wine's condition plays a critical role, influenced by both recent and past storage conditions. An ideal setting is a cool cellar, either partially or wholly underground, with a south-facing orientation that has remained undisturbed.

At Lawrences, our Wine Expert, has handled wines from a variety of sources, including garages, lofts, stables, and even a piggery, provided they met the necessary storage criteria to instill confidence in bidders regarding their condition. Under ideal conditions, wines can age gracefully for up to 50 years, and fortified wines can endure even longer.

Knowledge is paramount in this field. Dust off those wine bottles or unearth your cellar, and let Lawrences' Wine Expert provide you with free advice and valuation. Unlock the potential of your wine and spirits collection today.

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