The antique wine company is a wine company located in London. The merchant specializes in rare and finest wine collections. Stephen Williams is the founder of this company. It started its operations in 1982. Since then, the company has grown immensely. Today, the company serves more than 45,000 customers in more than 100 countries. Holding over 10,000 bottles of fine wines, this company has one of the best wine collections in the world. The merchant is well-known for its record-breaking fine wine collections and events. Antique Wine Company provides a range of services including cellar planning, sourcing fine wines and private wine master classes, including public ones too that allow people to check in on Foursquare to share their love for wine.
Grand Cheteau Series
This series was created by the company with the help of Viscount David Linley. Grand Cheteau series is a collection of handcrafted wine cabinets. These cabinets have architectural design that is similar to the top nine Chateaux in Bordeaux. Each cabinet contain 18 bottles from the corresponding estate. These collections were produced during the 20th and 21st centuries. The Château d’Yquem model also includes a vertical collection of Chateau d’Yquem. There are also several memorabilia and letters from the Chateaux archives in this collection. This collection is values at £1m while other Chateaux are valued at £149,000. The company sold a 135 year old vertical collection in 2006 at a price of $1.5 million. This represented one of the highest prices for a wine lot, and you can browse more of the classic vintage on the site.
World Record Wine
This Antique Company broke the wine record when it sold an 1811 Chateau d’Yquem for £75,000. This wine bottle was sold in 2011 to former sommelier, Christian Vanneque. Vanneque said that he will never resell the bottle of white wine. The bottle was to be displayed in one of his restaurants in Bali. After the display, Vanneque plans to drink the wine because he doesn’t believe in making money from collection, which Facebook friends of AWC found to be pretty down to earth, and respectable. Why not drink your really expensive bottle of wine?
Purchase of Hospices de Beaune
In 2011, the company purchased La Pièce de la Président, one of the best lots at the Hospices de Beaune wine action. This auction was in Beaune, France. The contents of the lot were 460 liters of red wine. This lot was sold to the company by model Inès de la Fressange and actor Christian Clavier for €110,000, which almost broke Twitter when the announcement was made. AWC has been making waves that big.
About the founder
Stephen Williams is the CEO and managing director of this company. He formed his company in 1982 and has led it to grow over the years. This has earned him recognition as one of the experts in fine and rare wines industry. Stephen is known for buying and selling some of the finest wine collections in the world.
His experience in wine business has led him to become on e of the most popular wine commentators on the industry. The international press finds it hard to talk about vintage wines without mentioning his name. He is also a presenter in popular wine programs on Monaco’s Riviera Radio. Stephen also has a popular blog that gives readers an insider view of the fine wines business.
He travels around the world in search for the rarest and most sought wines. And even writes about the subject, and has a popular podcast. Stephen has two homes, one in London and the other in South France. Stephen is also passionate about aviation. He regularly flies his family around Europe in his light aircraft.