What has long been true for the elite drinks from Bordeaux has also been true for Austria for some time: the cult wines achieve record prices at auctions. More and more well-known dealers and also new sellers registered as commercial offer top wines on eBay that have not been available in the specialised trade around the corner for a long time. Special formats up to 6.0 litre imperial bottles can sometimes only be found by collectors or connoisseurs at auction houses.
|Large bottle formats achieve record prices|
This is also the case on eBay. The large number of bidders - as is so often the case at auctions - drives the prices up to astronomical heights, which even winemakers can only shake their heads at. How can one understand or approve of the purchase of a bottle (0.75 litres) of Salzberg 2000 from G. and H. Heinrich for a whopping 299.00? A wine that was available at the farm for around 50.00. A return that is unparalleled. 8 months earlier, a 1.5 litre magnum bottle could be bought at auction for 251.99. The record price for a bottle of Austrian wine is still held by Pöckl's Mystique 2003 in the magnum at 550.00 (previously: approx. DM 1,100.00 or Shilling 7,569.00)! When you see the other side of the coin - wine as a drink - you naturally ask yourself whether the wines are worth this price.
Well, that's something everyone has to decide for themselves, although the Austrian elite still offer good value for money. Considering that Austrian wines are often crowned winners at international tastings, but cost only a fraction of what one pays for a Premier Grand Cru, the high prices are definitely justified. And cult status is not achieved through promotion, but through continuous top quality. This has its price, and that is also true for wines. Further examples of incredible auction results for top Austrian wines can be found in the table below.
Price records of Austrian cult wines
|Wine - Producer||Format||Vintage||Date||Low (lowest price)||Date||High (highest price)|
|SALZBERG - G. & H. Heinrich||0,75 l||2000||11.10.2004||69,00||02.07.2006||299,00|
|SALZBERG - G. & H. Heinrich||Magnum||2002||04.12.2005||161,67||11.09.2006||334,33|
|Grüner Veltliner VINOTHEK FILLING - E. Knoll||0,75 l||2005||17.02.2007||22,72||02.03.2007||92,00|
|PERWOLFF - Krutzler||Magnum||2000||22.02.2005||89,88||30.07.2005||132,00|
|M 1 - G. Markowitsch||0,75l||2000||26.09.2004||66,00||15.01.2006||123,00|
|M 1 - G. Markowitsch||0,75 l||2004||30.09.2007||67,00||10.01.2008||80,00|
|Mariental - E. Triebaumer||Magnum||2000||28.09.2005||84,77||12.09.2007||202,00|
|Mariental - E. Triebaumer||0,75 l||1986||10.04.2006||62,00||07.02.2008||300,50|