Investing in wine can be profitable if you follow some key rules. iDealwine shares its 5 golden rules for judicious wine investment.
- Vary wine regions
Investment in wine is increasingly becoming a good investment possibility in all wine regions, be it the Loire, Jura, Lanugedoc-Roussillon, Provence, Corsica or Alsace; in every one of these regions, there are distinctive domains which capture the attention of oenophiles. You will have no doubt witnessed the breakthrough of Jura wines the past few years. Fine wines from overseas are also arousing wine enthusiast’s interest.
Some examples of investment wines in ‘alternative’ regions:
- Ganevat (Jura)
- Yvon Métras (Beaujolais)
- Zind Humbrecht (Alsace)
- Domaine de Trévallon (Provence)
- Egon Muller (Germany), Vega Sicilia (Spain), Romano Dal Forno (Italy), Screaming Eagle (USA)
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- Dedicate a large part of your cellar to the traditional regions (Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône)
Vary your wine regions but don’t forget the classics! The wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône must always represent the majority of wines in a cellar for investment. Think about the finest Burgundys, including white wines, but also the rising stars of Bordeaux and the Rhone (especially in the lesser-known appellations of the southern Rhone). For these regions, where fine wines can reach colossal sums, it’s important to also choose lesser-known gems.
Good to know: in 2017, Bordeaux represented 47% of the value exchanged in our auctions. It’s therefore important to keep some “essential” wines such as the crus classes.
- Choose good vintages
This is one of the most important points: you have to choose good wines but in good vintages! It’s important to choose vintages that are at once of good quality and made for aging. This is for a simple reason: wine is not a short-term investment. For your wines to reach satisfying value, you have to leave them time, at the very least 8 to 10 years. Hence the need to prioritise wines made for laying down.
Good to know: iDealwine partnered with some great specialists in order to develop the perfect tool to help you: our vintage guide, which gives you the score and extra information on each vintage going back to 1798!
- Invest in organic, biodynamic, and even natural wines
You will have noticed that the tendency towards organic is present in all sectors, and wine is certainly not an exception. These wines, whether they’re organic, biodynamic or even natural, attract wine lovers on the condition that they are of good quality. Be careful with naturals wines however, as the absence of Sulphur means that they must be kept in absolutely perfect conditions.
Some examples of organic, biodynamic or natural wines for investment:
- Château Pontet Canet (Bordeaux)
- Clos des Papes (Rhône)
- Liger-Belair (Burgundy)
- Stéphane Tissot (Jura)
- Antoine Sanzay (Loire)
- Be attentive to the market and wine world
We can never stress this point enough: investment in wine isn’t advisable to people who are not wine connoisseurs or at least those who don’t wish to take the time to stay well-informed on the market. iDealwine, a specialist of the market, offers you all of the information necessary for keeping up with the market: iDealwine’s Cote des vins (price estimate guide), our WineDex indices, Auction Reports.
In terms of information regarding vineyards, large domains and rising stars, we recommend you read the specialists (RVF and bettane+desseauve). Of course, it’s always better to choose wines that you enjoy: because, if the wines in your cellar don’t reach the value you were hoping for, there’s only one thing for it: to drink the wines 😉
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