If you have recently started investing in fine wine, then the chances are that you have found it to be a bit of a minefield. Many people make the mistake of thinking that just being a fan of, or perhaps very knowledgeable about their favourite wines, makes them perfect for investing in wine and therefore making a career out of it.
The fact of the matter is that it can be a very complex and ever-changing marketplace and just having a nose for a good bouquet, is often not sufficient. Although this is a fantastic start to your career in wine investment, there are all sorts you need to learn in order to ensure you don’t lose money from what is likely to be one of your favourite pastimes.
In the latest addition to the Octavian Vaults blog, we look to highlight a few pointers to get you started in the world of fine wine investment and hopefully give you a few silver bullets to give you an edge over the competition.
Investment in fine wine is not actually a new concept, although it has gone from strength to strength in recent decades due to globalisation and a range of other factors. However, high calibre wines have been stored away in order to be sold at a later date for a profit for centuries.
Advancements in technology, such as our innovative Corsham Cellars in Wiltshire, have enabled experts to store wines they have purchased in simply perfect conditions, which has boosted their quality and therefore value substantially. This has made the conditioning and trade of the finest wines on the globe ever more competitive and interesting.
Investing in wine, as we have already mentioned, is not just about finding the tastiest wines and putting up your capital in the hope of making a tidy profit. The best wine investors out there study the wine market meticulously and move at the right time, remembering it’s not all about taste but potential and the current movers and shakers at the time.
Fine wine investment can be an emphatically profitable business and there are lots of resources out there that can help you along the way. Investment wine prices are actually published on a daily basis and there are a number of resources trusted in the industry – this does take a lot of interrogation and many individuals have worked exclusively on dissecting this data for decades.
Sometimes however you will simply have a hunch on a particular vineyard, bouquet and putting your money where your mouth is can often pay dividends. This is of course the case with any type of investment as you will be well aware.
Although we firmly believe the Octavian Vaults site to be your comprehensive source of news on all things fine wine, there are some websites we can highly recommend if you are looking specifically for information on fine wine investment.
Berry Bros and Rudd have built up a sterling reputation when it comes to wine investment news and we often take a look at their dedicated sections on the wine market, the latest fine wine prices and wine investment policies. Their FAQ’s section is also updated on a regular basis and can be good when you are looking for some at a glance info on what is a fast-changing industry.
The aptly named wineinvestment.com site is also a good port of call and has been created by the guys at Cult Wines. This covers all aspects of fine wine investment, en primeur wines and a well-informed fine wine blog. This site can help you to learn more about a classic investment opportunity from scratch and also learn about the best places to buy, distribute and store your wines.
That concludes the Octavian Vaults guide on how to invest in fine wine. Of course, we cannot tell you how much money to spend or indeed the best new wines on the market, this will largely depend on your knowledge of wine and your business acumen, but the above should set you along your way and enable you to make some good early, informed decisions as you enter this exciting sector.
Remember that Octavian Vaults have some of the world’s most advanced wine cellarage facilities right here in the west country, so if you decide wine investment is indeed for you, one should look no further when it comes to looking after your all-important merchandise. You can contact us directly via this website or give us a call on 01255 818 714.