Over 4,000 bottles of fine wine, including some that even wine buffs have never seen on general sale, will be auctioned off after a top Lincolnshire wine club was wound up.
Swineshead-based 3D Wines recently ceased trading and went into voluntary liquidation on September 23. FA Simms & Partners Limited were appointed as the liquidator for the firm.
F.A. Simms & Partners Limited have instructed Malcolm Good of auctioneers Eddisons to sell off the entire stock of the company.
It is going under the hammer in an online auction that is scheduled to close from 6pm on Thursday, October 10. The viewing sessions are on Friday, October 4 (1pm-4.30pm) and on Monday, October 7 (10am-5pm) at the Auction Centre on Dunlop Way in Scunthorpe.
Paul Cooper, Auctioneer at Eddisons, said: “We’ve handled a number of high value drinks trade disposals around the country in the past couple of years but this auction is particularly noteworthy both in terms of the quantity and the quality of the wine.
“We have been sent over 4,000 bottles, some of which have retail values of over £30 a bottle. The total retail value is circa £75,000 – £80,000.
“However, 3D’s edge was that as well as the famous names, they went off the beaten track to find and forge links with smaller winemakers who might be quite obscure but were producing superb wine. The auction reflects that. There are wines going under the hammer that even wine buffs will never have seen on general sale – because 3D bought the entire vintage for its wine club members.”
3D Wines was founded in the early 1990s and was considered one of the country’s top wine clubs. It specialised in hunting down high quality French wines and also arranged trips for club members to visit partner vineyards, collect wine and to attend wine-related events around France.
Wine writer and broadcaster Oz Clarke previously filmed one of 3D’s grape picking events in the Loire Valley for the BBC Food & Drink programme.
Cooper added: “The auction extends to 350 lots. Most of the wines are being sold in cases of a dozen or half a dozen bottles, so members of the public have just as good a chance to get involved in the bidding as trade buyers. The lots are being sold without any reserves.”