What has been true for the elite drinks from Bordeaux for a long time has also been true for Austria for some time now: the cult wines achieve record prices at auctions. More and more renowned traders and also new sellers registered as commercial offer top wines on eBay, which have not been available in the specialized trade around the corner for a long time. Special formats up to 6.0 liter imperial bottles can sometimes only be found by collectors or connoisseurs at auction houses.
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This is also the case on eBay. The multitude of bidders - as is so often the case at auctions - drives the prices to astronomical heights, which only causes even the vintners to shake their heads. How can one understand or approve the purchase of a bottle (0.75 liters) of Salzberg 2000 from G. and H. Heinrich for a whopping 299.00? A wine which was to be had from court around the 50,00. A yield which looks for her/its/their-same. 8 months earlier could one for 251,99 a 1,5 l Magnumflasche auctions. The record price for a bottle of Austrian wine is still held by Pöckl's Mystique 2003 in the magnum with 550,00 (in former times: approx. DM 1.100,00 or Schilling 7.569,00)! When you see the other side of the coin - wine as a drink - you naturally ask yourself if the wines are worth this price.
Well, that's for everyone to decide, although the Austrian elite still offer good value for money. Considering that at international tastings, Austrian wines are often chosen as winners, but cost only a fraction of what you pay for a Premier Grand Cru, the high prices are definitely justified. And cult status is not achieved by promotion, but by continuous top quality. This has its price, this is also true for wines. You can find more examples of unbelievable auction results for Austrian top wines in the following table.
Price records of Austrian cult wines