Based in London, this amazing wine merchant has more than tripled in reputation since it was founded by Stephen Williams in 1982. In truth, it has over 20,000 clients in 70 countries. The Antique Wine Company is renowned for record breaking collections and fine wine events. Currently, they have over 10,000 bottles of the world’s premium vintages in their many cellars.
Since their launch, The Antique Wine Company has specialized in extraordinarily fine wine. As well, they are well known for their vast range of services such as cellar planning, tracking down rare wines and private wine master classes.
The Antique Wine Company is also known for the creation of their Grand Chateau Series. With the help of cabinet maker Viscount David Linley, the company handcrafted a unique series of architectural wine cabinets.
Moreover, every cabinet contains 18 bottles from the corresponding estate from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Château d’Yquem model alone is currently said to be valued at £1m. It is a vertical collection of 141 successive vintages starting from 1868. What is more, in 2006 the company sold a 135-year vertical collection for $1.5 million. It is one of the highest prices ever paid for a single lot of wine and contained every vintage from 1860 to 2003.
Another outstanding collection purchased by The Antique Wine Company in November 2011, is the La Pièce de la Président. It consists of 460 liters of Corton red wine from the Clos du Roi Grand Cru vineyard and was sold for €110,000 ($124,745 USD).
The most valuable bottle of wine was sold by The Antique Wine Company in July 2011. It was a bottle of 1811 Chateau d’Yquem that was sold to former wine steward (sommelier) Christian Vanneque for £75,000 ($85,053 USD).
About Stephen Williams
Stephen Williams is the oldest of three children. He was born in Ripley, England, a township of Derbyshire. At the age of 10 his parents separated and he was then raised by his mother. Although the family struggled, Williams learned to be somewhat independent at a young age.
Mr. Williams began his career in banking at Barclays Bank. After banking he worked in the insurance industry for two years. Oftentimes Mr. Williams entertained clients to establish more business. It was during these parties that he developed a passion for fine wine. Soon afterwards, Mr. Williams recognized a gap in the market for selling fine wine. It was then that he started selling to individuals. Since the launching of The Antique Wine Company, Stephen Williams has established an outstanding brand name.