The Most Expensive Wines in the World

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People say that wine is a beverage of gods, and we truly believe that there is something magical about this liquid. Throughout the history, we can notice that wine was always a part of mythology and legends.

In Egyptian mythology, the divine king Osiris was the god of agriculture and the one who taught mankind how to cultivate the wine, how to harvest and how to make wine.

In Greek mythology, the god of wine is Dionysus, and it was believed that he discovered viticulture and spread it throughout Asia. According to Roman mythology the god Bacchus transmitted his knowledge to humans on how to plant vines and make wine.

Today we have some rare and expensive wines. But, the real questions is – what determines which wine will be expensive and which not? What is it all about?

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Well, you may have heard “the older – the better”, and it is definitely true. Wine becomes better and more expensive over time. High quality grapes are also a factor in producing an exquisite wine and the better vintage holds the better chances of wine being stored in a cellar until it ages to perfection.


Let’s take a look at some of the most expensive wines in the world:

Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 – $38,000

This expensive wine comes from Australia and there are only 20 bottles of it, which is why it costs that much. It is one of the Australias finest wines and its taste is described as predominantly Shiraz with a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau D’YQUEM – $117,000

Well, this one holds a record as the most expensive white wine ever sold. The price is that high because the wine was made in 1811 at the Chateau d’Yquem and is probably the best white wine ever made. Christian Vanneque, a world-renowned wine connoisseur, was a lucky buyer and we can totally understand why he did it.

Chateau Lafite 1787 – $156,450

This wine owes its high price to its origin. It is believed that it was made in 1787 by Thomas Jefferson. This theory comes from the initials ThJ that have been etched into the glass.

Ampoule from Penfolds – $168,000

This expensive wine comes from South Australia and its very well known winery – Penfolds. This price comes from the quality of the wine itself and has nothing to do with the history or any famous person from the past.

The price is so high because of the experience, presentation and reputation of the brand.

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Chateau Margaux 1787 – $225,000

The bottle of this wine was estimated at $500,000, but the misfortune has lowered its price. It was knocked over by a waiter during a Margaux dinner in a Four Season Hotel. The price comes to be so high because it also belonged to Jefferson’s collection. Its actual value was lowered to $225,000, as this was the amount insurers paid.


Chateau Lafite 1869 – $230,000

This bottle of wine was sold at this price at the auction in Hong Kong.

The wine was supposed to be sold at price $8,000, however, an anonymous bidder from Asia claimed the highest bid – $230,000.


Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck – $275,000

This expensive wine has an interesting and unique story behind.

A ship carrying the wine was attacked by a German submarine in the First World War, in year 1916 and causing it to sink to the bottom of the ocean. The wreckage was discovered after 81 years, in 1997 and, the story gets more exciting, –  2,000 bottles of this wine were found.

So, with $275,000 you can afford yourself a great story and a flavor of history in the mouth.


Cheval Blanc 1947 – $305,000

Chateau Cheval Blanc comes from the year 1947 and was considered to be the “best Bordeaux ever made”. The price of $303,375 was reached by an anonymous buyer at the auction. Chateau Cheval Blanc is regarded as one of the most prestigious winemakers in the world!

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Jeroboam of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945 – $310,000

This expensive wine owes its price to the origin. It came from the vineyards of the richest family on earth, so the price is not a huge surprise. This vintage is considered to be one of the best in the last 100 years.


Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992 – $500,000

With a price of $500,000, it is considered the most expensive wine ever sold. Well, at least it was bought for a good cause – at a charity auction in 2000.


The wine is described with an aroma of black currants, a bit of oak and an opaque purple appearance.


So, which one would you try? What is your favorite wine? Tell us in the comments


Written by Marko Tomcic

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