HOW CAN I SELL MY WINE COLLECTION?
Complete the short form at the bottom of this page to receive a free appraisal of your wine collection from one of our experts. For fastest results, be sure to include the following information in the comments section:
- Please list the bottles you are ready to sell
- Where did you acquire your wines, and how have they been stored over time?
- Where are you located (city & state)?
WHAT IS A WINE BROKER?
A wine broker specializes in buying, selling and trading fine wines for investors, restaurants and fine wine collectors. Selling your wine collection can be quite an emotional task. You've collected fine wine, perhaps for decades, and now you've arrived at a point where it makes more financial sense to sell your collection than to consume it. Estate Wine Brokers is a fine wine brokerage firm. Estate Wine Brokers doesn't work like a traditional wine broker. We are interested in brokering or purchasing your properly cellared fine wine, and will handle the door-to-door logistics of every transaction.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WINE BROKER VS A WINE AUCTION?
Typically it will take you 3 months to sell your wine at a wine auction. With a wine auction, you will receive a Low/Mid/High estimate with a reserve price. Wine auctions are speculative and are subject to market up-swing and down-swing. Additionally with a wine auction, you may receive free shipping from your cellar to the auction house if the collection is large enough, but if the wine doesn't sell then you'll be charged storage and return shipping fees that are generally fairly high.
Estate Wine Brokers pays fast for wine collections, and generally we can complete a transaction within 7-10 days of faster in some cases. Our prices are generally more than auction net-to-seller pricing by 5-10%. The benefit of using Estate Wine Brokers vs an auction like Wine Bid or Sothebys is that we move quickly and you'll be paid quickly with absolute certainty.
Estate Wine Brokers has over 90 years of collective wine experience, and we are licensed to buy, sell and ship wine in over 42 states and we are licensed with the United States Treasury Department (Federal).
Our unparalleled access to current market wine values will ensure that you receive the best possible return on your investment while avoiding the high commissions and uncertainties of wine auctions. We use a blend of sources to determine fine wine prices that include retail values and auction values adjusted for drinkability and availability.
SHOULD I SELL MY WINE COLLECTION?
The first thing you must ask yourself is:
- Why do I want to or need to sell my wine collection?
- Do I need money?
- Has my taste in wine changed?
- Did I stop drinking wine?
- Did I inherit a wine collection?
We want to make sure that regardless of the reason why you want to sell your wine collection, it's done with respect, dignity, and confidentiality. The process is quite simple. We request a series of photos, and ask a series of questions to determine the provenance of your wine collection. Once we have these questions answered we assemble a spreadsheet of these wines and produce estimates based on retail and auction prices. Then we place a Buy or Broker offer. Even if we can't help you sell your wine collection then we will at least tell you how or who to sell your wines to.
SHOULD I KEEP MY WINE COLLECTION AND CONTINUE TO INVEST IN FINE WINE?
If you think that now's not the right time to sell your wine, we can help you assess the current market conditions and help advise you on how to continue to collect and invest in fine wine as an alternative asset class. Wine as continued to outperform the S&P 500 and we have the supporting data to prove it. Be careful about websites that promise you returns and send you countless offers on new and emerging producers. For example investing in rose wines or white wines comes with a heavier degree of risk and tighter sell-side conditions. Estate Wine Brokers will continue to help guide you in the world of investing in fine wine. Please feel free to send us and email and request a free book on Investing in Fine Wine or subscribe to our email list and receive offers on investment grade wine opportunities.
We offer a revolving number of testimonials based on the equivalent values and types of deals we've done in the past. We can connect you with previous and existing customers to sell wine via Estate Wine Brokers. Below you'll find a few testimonials.
“The team at Estate Wine Brokers helped our family with inspection, appraisal and the sale of our family wine collection consisting of over 3,000 bottles collected over 40 years. This was an emotional event, and EWB maintained composure and helped us navigate this sale with ease. I would recommend using them for any collection of any size.” – C.S, Panama City FL 2020, over $481,000 in fine wine sold as of 11/8/2022
“My grandfather and my father both collected fine wine and taught me the appreciation of fine wine as a young child. My circumstances changed over the past several years that required me to sell the collection off to someone who appreciated and wanted to pay top dollar for a multi-generational wine collection. I interviewed four different wine brokers and two auction houses and selected Estate Wine to handle the sale of our family heirloom and they did a magnificent job. They outperformed in terms of expectations and financial performance over and beyond the competition. – R. H, Stamford, CT 2021 over $1,223,808 in fine wine sold
“I buy and sell an extraordinary amount of wine as an alternative investment. For the past 5 years I have worked with Estate Wine to help me source and transport fine wine from Europe and the United States. Estate Wine has also bought and sold wine for me directly from their own sources. These guys know what they are doing. I spreadsheet the cost of acquisition and sale price and the returns are substantially better than I can do on my own.” -WTR, Austin, Texas. 2022, over $1,428,242 in fine wine buy/sell transactions with EWB
"Estate Wine Brokers obviously have an impeccable reputation in the industry as they are trusted with rare treasures from far reaching locations. I was referred to Wine Estate Brokers by a friend who advised me that my wine was far too exclusive for most wine brokerages, so I took his sage advice and contacted Darren. The process was professional and seamless, he was successful beyond my hopes and in a short period of time. I highly endorse them!" - C.R., $14,768.00 earned as of January 2021
"I’ve used Estate Wine Brokers for all sides of my collecting needs: acquisition, storage, and resale. From acquiring a large private collection at very attractive prices, to selling down some of our excess inventory, to storing items I am holding for later, Alex and Darren have been consummate professionals." - C.E., $117,729.41 earned as of May 2020
“I was in the process of downsizing from a house to a condo and needed to sell the collection in my home cellar. Estate Wine Brokers inventoried and priced the collection, moved it to their storage facility, and thoughtfully sold bottles on a regular basis. I would recommend anyone with a significant collection use them to professionally sell their holdings.” - M.V., $103,843.83 earned as of July 2018
"We were selling our collection of fine Bordeaux as we were relocating overseas; we were attracted to Estate Wine Brokers as a more convenient and cost-efficient solution than area auction houses. Going with Darren and Estate Wine Brokers was a great decision. They're knowledgeable, totally transparent and have a deep network of active fine wine buyers, while their customer service is excellent: responsive, efficient and always pleasant. In short, if you want to get a good price for your fine wine, with zero effort on your part, I recommend you leave it all to Estate Wine Brokers". - L.K., $20,042.34 earned as of June 2020
"I wouldn't hesitate to sell wine again with Estate Wine Brokers. Their in-house customer list is full of active wine buyers, and their pricing model ensures wines get sold both quickly and at a fair price. Proceeds arrive on time and significantly faster than most auction houses. It's as hassle-free as wine selling can get." - J.J., $15,159.27 earned as of March 2020
"When I decided to sell a case of rare wine, I was fortunate enough to find an excellent company to conduct the transaction with. The team at EWB were professional and fair in the offer they made for my wine and then once we agreed on the price, Darren made the process seamless and easy from start to finish. I would recommend Estate Wine Brokers to anyone looking to either source or sell high end wines as they are very knowledgeable and experienced. In the world of the internet, it is sometimes hard to know what kind of company you are dealing with. With Darren and Alex, you will be dealing with true professionals as they did exactly what they said they would do. I will definitely work with them again." - L.P., $13,380.00 earned as of July 2020
Below is a list of producers that we buy and sell with a great deal of frequency:
Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, Chateau Haut Brion, Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, Chateau Lynch-Bages, Chateau Montrose, Chateau Pontet-Canet, Chateau Cos d’Estournel, Chateau Pichon Lalande, Chateau Pichon Baron, Chateau Leoville Las Cases, Chateau Palmer, Chateau Calon Segur, Chateau Leoville Barton, Chateau Gruaud Larose, Chateau Petrus, Chateau Pavie, Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Duhart Milon, Chateau Figeac, Chateau Beychevelle, Chateau Ausone, Chateau Leoville Poyferre, Vieux Chateau Certan, Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Chateau Talbot, Chateau Pape Clement, Chateau Rauzan Segla, Chateau d'Armailhac, Chateau La Conseillante, Chateau Le Pin, Chateau Angelus, Chateau d'Yquem, Chateau Rieussec
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Domaine Leroy, Domaine Dujac, Domaine Armand Rousseau, Domaine Ramonet, Domaine Roumier, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé, Domaine Comte Liger-Belair, Domaine Rene Engel, Domaine Leflaive, Domaine Meo Camuzet, Coche Dury, Domaine Roulot, Domaine Dugat Py, Sylvain Cathiard, Domaine des Comte Lafon, Emmanuel Rouget
Other french wines
Screaming Eagle, Colgin, Bryant Family, Hundred Acre, Sine Qua Non, Sloan, Schrader, Scarecrow, Opus One, Dominus, Joseph Phelps Insignia, Caymus, Harlan Estate, Ridge Monte Bello
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