Wine, Port & Champagne


Wine, Port & Champagne

01568 611122

Wednesday 18th July

New sale start time of 11am  

Entries invited

Wine auctions have been held at Brightwells since 2008, the catalogue typically contains 500-600 lots. We sell Wine, Spirits, Port and Champagne on behalf of private individuals, merchants, dealers and shippers.

Brightwells hold Wine auctions four times a year. Wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley and Champagne form a large part of each sale, complemented by a fine selection from Spain, Italy and the New World. Vintage Ports are popular with our buyers, as are fine Cognacs and Malt Whisky.

Our fantastic saleroom facilities provide a perfect environment for purchasers to view the sale and attend our tasting days.

The sales attract national and international interest and the catalogue is widely distributed to brokers, dealers, merchants, restaurateurs and avid private collectors.

May Sale Report...

A rare taste of history at Brightwells

Buyers at Brightwells’ 2nd May Wine and Spirit Auction welcomed a unique opportunity to taste a rare Cognac dating from 1848. The bottle formed part of an exceptional private collection of French Wines and Spirits, some dating back to the very early 1800’s.

Brightwells’ Head of Wine Sales Paddy Shave said that brandy lovers had come from far and wide to taste the 170 year old spirit. “It was a real privilege to have the chance to taste something so old, happily it more than lived up to expectation”.

The brandy, which was produced before the advent of electricity had been stored in the cellars of a Staffordshire country house for over a century. In all 20 bottles from the 1840s were offered; they all sold to a single London buyer for just over £20,000.

The sale also featured over 150 lots from Bordeaux and Burgundy, a selection of Vintage Port and Champagne and over 200 bottles of fine Malt Whisky.

The top-priced lot on the day was £8,000 for 8 bottles of Domaine de la Romanee Conti La Tache 1969. 12 bottles of Richebourg 1969 from the same Domaine achieved £6,800.

The Malt Whisky section featured two significant private collections from Herefordshire and the Cotswolds. Bidding on some of the rarer Whiskies was intense with homegrown buyers vying with internet bidders from Continental Europe and South East Asia. The highlight of the section was a rare 30 Year Old Macallan Sherry Oak which saw the hammer fall at £2,300.

Our Wine consultant Paddy Shave has more than 25 years’ experience in the Fine Wine Industry. If you would like any further information on purchasing, selling or on how the auction process works, please get in touch.

We value anything from single bottles to entire cellar collections - please call 01531 640592/07974 929487 or email

Purchasing at a Sale...

Buying is easy, we have multiple methods of purchase available. If buyers are not able to attend the auction, they can bid via telephone, leave a commission bid or bid online from anywhere in the world.

Viewing: Monday 9am - 5pm and Tuesday 9am to 7pm
Wine tasting on selected lots 3pm to 7pm on Tuesday prior to sale and on morning of the auction (selected tasting available).

Buyers Premium 17.5% + VAT


Paddy Shave
Antiques, Fine Art & Wine

Tel: 01568 611122

Contact team

Opening hours:

9am - 5:30pm