London-based the Antique Wine Company (AWC)is a wine merchant that specializes in rare and fine wines. It was founded in 1982 by Stephen Williams, its current CEO. The company features one of the largest selections of wine anywhere in the world, with a stock of over 10,000 vintage and expensive wine brands.
A great quality regarding the Antique Wine Company is its unique standing in the wine industry. This is due to the long standing business relationships the company has developed over time as well as their partnership with the University of Bordeaux in France to verify the age of any wine brand; an unusual but successful British/French association.
The company only performs business regarding only the finest wine, regardless of vintage or where the wine originates. They strictly specialize in contemporary vintage, as they have the potential to become future antiques; once these wines become antiques their monetary value increases substantially.
A clear example of monetary value is when in 2011 the Antique Wine Company sold the Guinness World Record bottle of 1811 Chateau D’Yquem wine for $117,000. This illustrates how well recognised is the Antique Wine Company in the vintage wine industry. In addition in 2011 the company opened the first ever Wine Academy offering wine courses, connoisseur tasting events, wine cellar creation, and much more for the wine aficionado; the first classroom of its kind in the entire world.
Along with Viscount David Linley, a British wine cabinet maker, the company created the Grand Chateau Series. This expensive and rare wine collection features handcrafted wine cabinets with the top nine vintages, or chateaux, from France.
The company features wines from France, known widely as having the best wine in the world. Within France, the Rhone River valley is a great wine source. In addition Burgundy and Bordeaux wines are well known. Italy and Spain are also countries that are merchants with AWC. So is the United States with vineyards based in the states of California, Florida and Oregon. Australia is a notable wine merchant as well.
Over time AWC has become the favourite of wine collectors worldwide, as they deal with over 70 countries. Their far-reaching, positive influence in the wine industry will continue well into the future.