The Antique Wine Company is one of the world’s premier wine companies, supplying fine and rare wines since 1982. Based in London, the company has more than 20,000 clients, spanning 70 countries. Its cellars hold some of the best wines in the world, with 10,000 most sought after wines. It also touts the world record for the most valuable wine ever sold at £75,000 for the 1811 bottle of Chateau d’Yquem.
Its products are primarily comprised of contemporary vintage wines, while also offering a long list of rare, antique wines. In addition to its fine wines, the company also offers wine services related to buying rare wines from collectors and selling them to renowned wine connoisseurs. Such connoisseurs are in search of specific rare wines.
The Antique Wine Company also offers wine investment consulting and grading of wines through its AWC Wine Cap division. The division is a part of AWC Global, and provides services to those seeking advisement in wine investments. Because wine is considered an asset AWC also offers insurance coverage on investments between ION and AWC.
AWC also provides storage of wine, which involves monitoring, temperature and humidity controls, a safe place to store wine. Its other services involve wine catered events, such as weddings and special events. They offer unique services such as the professional concierge packages. One of the most notable examples of providing wines to special events involves the 1994 catered wine event, wherein AWC provided 70 year old vintage wine to the birthday event of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush.
In addition to fine wines, and AWC unique services, the company in partnership with Viscount David Linley also created the Grand Chateau Series. The series involved producing hand crafted wine cabinets containing vintage wines. A collection that included a 135 year vertical collection sold for $1.5 million, and included wine from 1860-2003. In 2011 the company also opened the Wine Academy, which focuses on wine classes and training experts in the field.
The company was founded by Stephen Williams, who remains the CEO. While its main office is in London, it also maintains two offices in Asia. They are experts in fine wines and manage several wine cellars throughout the world, including those in palaces and exclusive hotels. Its range of personal and corporate services, premier holdings, and clients throughout the world make the Antique Wine Company one of the most renowned in the world.