The English wine trading company "The Antique Wine Company" with headquarters in London was founded in 1982 by Stephen Williams. There are now 20,000 customers in around 70 countries. The company has often been very old on quality wines vintages specialized. 10,000 bottles of special bottles are stored in the company's own cellars vintages, It is becoming extensive regularly Lots renowned wines acquired. For example, in November 2011 top lots at the Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction. The range of services includes wine trade. Auctions rare wines, special wine events, private master classes, cellar planning (for financiers) and various special services such as the search for very special and expensive wines / wineries / vintages. A wine bottle authentication service is offered in collaboration with the University of Bordeaux. The age of the bottle or the glass be determined. This is to ensure that the manipulations and wine adulteration be uncovered or prevented when selling very expensive and old vintages.
A specialty is the one with the well-known furniture designer Viscount David Linley (also chairman of the auction house Christie's ) created the "Grand Château series", consisting of handmade wine cabinets with architectural models from nine renowned Bordeaux châteaux. These are the five elite goods of the Bordeaux classification 1855, namely Château Haut-Brion. Château Lafite-Rothschild. Château Latour. Chateau Margaux and Château Mouton-Rothschild, as well as those who also enjoy cult status Château Cheval Blanc. Château La Mission Haut-Brion. Château Petrus and Château d'Yquem, These each contain 18 bottles of the best vintages from the 20th and 21st centuries. The cabinets consist of six superimposed drawers, each with three bottles and a miniature Château model on top (prices are only available on request). Than before most expensive white wine became a Château d'Yquem of the century vintage by the Antique Wine Company in July 2011 for £ 75,000 (€ 85,000) 1811 to the French wine specialist Christian Vanneque sold. Other major auction houses are Christie's and Sotheby's,