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Wealthy Chinese now buying so much more than just ...

Wealthy Chinese now buying so much more than just …

 

Christie’s is capitalising on the thirst for wealthy Chinese consumers to buy wineries by opening the world’s first estate agency for would-be vineyard buyers.

Vineyards by Christie’s International Real Estate, billed as the “first global advisory for buyers of vineyard estates”, is to open in Hong Kong.

Run by both wine experts and luxury property specialists, the agency will offer a consultancy service for clients looking to acquire vineyards around the world.

According to David Elswood, Christie’s international director of wine in Europe and Asia, the idea for the agency came after continued demand from clients at the auction house’s wine auctions in Hong Kong for advice on buying vineyard properties overseas.

“We are uniquely positioned to offer this highly specialised vineyard advisory acquisition service and we look forward to this exciting venture,” he said.

In addition to advice on which wineries are on sale around the world, Christie’s will also provide clients with custom travel arrangements and translation services.

“Wineries in sought after locations are often small and discrete, and without guidance, buyers never even know they are on the market.
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A single bottle of 1788 Cognac from the cellars of the historic La Tour d’Argent restaurant in Paris has sold for £17,825 at a Christie’s auction.

Vieux Cognac Grande Champagne Fine Clos de Griffier Café Anglais 1788
Fetching over four times its estimate, the Vieux Cognac Grande Champagne Fine Clos de Griffier Café Anglais 1788 is identical to the Cognac that was accidentally smashed by a customer at The Plaboy Club in London this July.

The bottle was destined to form part of the world’s most expensive cocktail, mixed by world-renowned bartender Salvatore Calabrese at The Playboy Club.

Dutch spirits collector Bay van der Bunt snapped up all six lots of Clos de Griffier at £17,825 each, to add to his Cognac collection, one of the largest in the world.

Van der Bunt was also the highest bidder for two Jeroboams of Grande Fine Champagne Cognac ‘La Tour d’Argent’ 1805, bought for for £23,000 each.
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