With the earliest evidence of its production dating back to 4100BC in Armenia, wine has played a significant part in the cultures and economies of many eras of ancient history. Today, we’re enjoying it in increasing numbers; suffice to say, our interest in wine has longevity, much like the liquid itself. 

Wine collecting can therefore be considered one of the oldest pastimes of all. And if you’ve ever thought about building your own collection – whether it be for personal interest or investment reasons – we’ve put together a list of some of the most important things to consider before getting started. 

What to collect

Your personal wine preferences will obviously inform a lot of the decisions you make around the varieties and styles of wine you collect. However, if you’re looking for the safer bets, it helps to consider the following:

  • Stick to the most popular wine varieties – such as Shiraz and blends, Cabernet and blends, Semillon and Riesling – as this will enable you to appeal to the widest audience, whether you decide to resell your wine, or enjoy it with family and friends at a later stage. 
  • Look for iconic regions like the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Hunter Valley, Margaret River McLaren Vale, etc., which consistently produce high quality wines.
  • Seek out synergies between regions and varieties. For example:
    • Barossa Valley – Shiraz
    • Margaret River – Cabernets
    • Hunter Valley – Semillon
  • Look for well-known brands, but you don’t need to buy the most expensive bottle. For example, Penfolds Bin 389 is one of the highest collected Penfolds wines, yet it costs 1/8th of the price of a bottle of Grange.
  • Buy up when the vintage is great. This is where looking at the more economical wines in a brand’s portfolio can be a win. In the lesser years, the icon wine of an estate can be the best value.
  • Vintages of note to keep an eye out for:
    • Hunter Valley – 2011, 2013, 2014
    • Barossa Valley – 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015
    • Margaret River – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
    • Coonawarra – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
    • McLaren Vale – 2013, 2015
    • Clare Valley – 2014, 2015, 2016
    • Yarra Valley – 2013, 2015, 2017

Why to collect 

Particular styles of wine are designed to be aged, because it improves their depth of flavours, textures and overall enjoyment. Additionally, there is something quite romantic about going back in time via a beautiful bottle of wine. From a fiscal point of view, production of each vintage of wine is limited in quantity and with each bottle opened, it becomes rarer still.

Varieties of wine that age well and should therefore be considered for collecting include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Semillon
  • Riesling 
  • Marsanne
  • Chardonnay (less so than above) 


  • Shiraz
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Blends
  • Shiraz Blends
  • Pinot Noir (less so than above)

Fortified and Sweet Wines

  • Vintage Fortified
  • Botrytis Semillon and Riesling

How to collect 

How you store the wine in your collection is probably the most important consideration of all. If you are collecting wine with the future intention of reselling, it’s essential to record the conditions in which the wine was purchased, transported and stored. This creates a solid case for provenance, while also giving you credibility as a collector. 

So think about where and how you will store your wine. Options could include a wine fridge at home, a temperature controlled room in your house or even investing in cellar space with a professional wine storage business like Wine Ark. For the best results, follow these guidelines for good wine storage:

  • Temperature: Store between 12–14°C all year round
  • Humidity: Maintain a level of 50%
  • Vibration: Avoid storing near appliances or other sources of vibration
  • Light: Wine stores best in dark conditions, with no direct light. 


Have you ever wondered if fine wine would taste better if you sipped it from an antique silver goblet?

The AAADA and Wine Selectors will give you a chance to find out at the AAADA  Antiques Fair Sydney at the White Bay Cruise Terminal with an interactive talk ‘Silver or Glass? – A Silver Service Wine Tasting’

From 4.30 to 6.30pm on Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th of August patrons will be invited to compare the experience of drinking wine from an antique silver goblet and then a wine glass. 

Antique silver expert Tony Lewis will tell you about the antique silver goblet you will be using and wine consultants Shane Harris and Peter Dudley  from Wine Selectors will describe two wines that you will be sampling. After sipping the wines from each vessel you will be invited to share your experience of both the wines and the goblets.

There is no charge for the event (other than general admission to the Fair) but bookings are essential as numbers are limited to 6 people per sitting. 

Location: Wine Selectors Cellar Door at the AAADA Antiques Fair Sydney, White Bay Terminal, 2041 James Craig Road, Rozelle NSW 2039

Friday 17 August
4.30pm, 5.00pm, 5.30pm, 6.00pm

Saturday 18 August
4.30pm, 5.00pm, 5.30pm, 6.00pm

To secure your spot please book online here or call the AAADA Office on 0498 059 661. Please note you must have a valid entry ticket into the fair to attende the talk.

Book now spaces are filling up!

To find out more about how to collect, store and enjoy wine, join the Wine Selectors sessions, running all general admission days at the AA&ADA Antiques Fair, which is taking place in Sydney from August 16–19 at White Bay Cruise Terminal. For more information and to book your tickets visit

Fair tickets can be purchased online, or at the door. Buy your tickets online before the 13th of August and you will go into the draw to WIN $1,000 voucher to spend at the AAADA Antiques Fair Sydney and an hour with an Antiques Expert Personal Shopper. (All admission tickets purchased online are automatically entered. For eligibility check our terms and conditions.)

Normally $20 each
Buy online & enter the code 18SYD2FOR1
(Not Valid Gala Preview)

Buy your tickets to the fair now to enter!

16 – 19 August, 2018
White Bay Cruise Terminal
2041 James Craig Road
Rozelle, NSW
T 0498 059 661 E:

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