Wine, Sweet Wine, Port & Champagne Premium Positioning
Authenticity - Quality
At Catawiki we auction the best wines and champagnes of premium quality which are hard to find and appealing to passionate wine enthusiasts.
Because potential buyers come to Catawiki looking for special and rare wines and champagne, our in-house experts select every piece for our auctions, ensuring they are of premium quality and are presented in the best possible way.
We do this because we aim to keep our bidders excited, allowing them to find the pieces they’re interested in and ensure our sellers have great selling experiences.
At Catawiki we auction champagnes and wines from all corners of the world that are unusual and that can be enjoyed or collected.
For our auctions we seek and select:
- bottles and original wooden cases containing premium quality wine, champagne, Port and sweet wine
- bottles that have been well stored and have a decent fill level
- bottles from a wide range of reputable producers, across both well known and diverse regions
- bottles that have a minimum value of €15 per bottle and a minimum lot value of €75
as well as
- collectable, sought after wine accessories from a selection of reputable brands
- items that are in at least fair condition
- lots that have a minimum lot value of €75
Premium quality wines, sweet wines, champagne & port
For our dedicated wine auctions we seek a wide range of original bottles & original wooden cases (OWC) containing:
- sealed original bottles with capsules intact
- sealed original wooden cases; latest accepted vintage 2000
- unsealed original wooden cases with the original bottle(s)
- premium quality wines, champagne, Port as well as other premium fortified wines and sweet wines
We feature a vast collection of wine across our auctions, however old, rare and interesting items do particularly well with our buyers.
Collectable wine accessories
We also seek collectable wine accessories of premium quality, including:
- limited edition ice buckets
- bottle stoppers made by Fabergé
- wine branded travel accessories and furniture
- EuroCaves and chill units
- vintage or high quality branded glassware, decanters and serving equipment
- vintage/limited edition/high quality bottle openers from reputable brands such as Laguiole
- high quality champagne sabres
Items that are not suitable for our wine auctions
Certain items are not suitable for our auctions as they draw very little interest from our bidders. These include:
✗ empty bottles, dummy or display bottles
✗ collections of champagne caps
✗ collections of multiple non-special corkscrews
✗ empty original wooden cases
✗ regular Tawny and Ruby Port with little or no ageing potential and old non-vintage champagne create no interest with our bidders (this includes, for example, Dow’s Fine Ruby or Barros Tawny Port)
List of most desired classification/appellations for wine & champagne
Bordeaux: All Grand Cru Classé from the Médoc and Saint-Émilion
Mosel: Erstes Gewächs, Hochgewach
Barolo: All 'Cru' vineyards like Brunate, Monprivato etc.
Rioja: Reserva and Gran Reserva
Douro: red wine
Napa Valley: Carneros, Stags Leap, Rutherford, St. Helena
South Australia: Barossa Valley, Coonawarra Valley
You can view the full list of desired wines and champagnes by clicking here.
List of most desired classification/appellations for Port, Madeira & sweet wines
Bordeaux: Sauternes Cru Classé
Sicilië: Marsala vintage and soleraSPAIN
Jerez: Amontillado, Palo Cortado, Oloroso and Añada Sherry
Mosel: Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, Eiswein
Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, Eiswein
You can view the full list of desired Port, Sherry, Madeira and sweet wines by clicking here.
Suitable fill levels for wine
When made by the producer the bottle is filled to the neck but, due to ageing, the liquid might evaporate through the cork. This could lead to an above average chance of oxygen caused damage to the wine.
To be suitable for our auctions, bottles should have one of the following fill levels:
- Very good fill levels: neck, base beck, very top shoulder, top shoulder, upper shoulder - high fill, 3 to 4 cm below cork
- Acceptable fill levels: mid shoulder, low shoulder - 5 to 7 cm below cork
You’ll find a graphic explaining these fill levels on the following page.
✗ Fill levels below low shoulder are generally not suitable
Fill levels for wine
|Standard (Bordeaux) bottle||Burgundy bottle|
Suitable fill levels for Port bottles
When made by the producer the bottle is filled to the neck but, due to ageing, the liquid might evaporate through the cork. This could lead to above average chances of oxygen caused damage to the wine.
Fill levels of fortified wines like Port, Sherry and Madeira:
- Due to the very dark glass of these bottles, holding a flashlight behind the neck of the bottle will help to show the fill level.
- The fill levels can be a little lower to be accepted for the auction as the high alcohol content and oxidative winemaking process make these bottles less prone to oxidation.
✗ Fill levels far below low shoulder are generally not suitable
Suitable fill levels for champagne
When made by the producer the bottle is filled to the neck but, due to ageing, the liquid might evaporate through the cork. This could lead to oxygen caused damage to the wine.
Due to the long metal capsules, the fill level of champagne bottles is measured from the bottom when upside-down.
To be suitable for our auctions bottles should have one of the following fill levels:
- Very good fill levels: high fill, 1 to 1.5 cm measured from the bottom of the bottle
- Acceptable fill levels: 2 to 3 cm measured from the bottom of the bottle
✗ Fill levels at 4 cm or more measured from the bottom are generally not suitable
To be suitable for auction, bottles need to be in a condition that is deemed valuable by the buyer.
The condition of the bottle is determined by the state of the capsule, cork, label and fill level of the bottle. The main influencing factor of the overall bottle condition is the storage environment:
- If it is very moist, the label develops mould and the capsule can become corroded, however it will not affect the wine too much but it does lower the value.
- If it is too dry, the paper of the label can crumble and the risk of the cork drying out is bigger, this eventually leads to the wine being spoiled.
Items that are in bad condition generate little or no interest with bidders and are not suitable for our auctions. This includes bottles with:
- badly damaged or missing seals (metal capsule or wax capsule)
- corks that have shrunk too much
- needle marks in the top of the capsule
- highly unreadable, torn, stained or no labels
- badly damaged or broken accessories
|Damaged capsule||Cracked/dried capsule & cork||Needle marks on the top of the capsule||Wine has lost colour|
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