Kristina Mitrovic

Falstaff and Dorotheum launch the largest wine auction ever held in Austria

More than 2,000 bottles of wine in 833 lots as well as an enormous range of whiskies are included. Rarities such as a "Double Magnum Lafite Rotschild 1961" or "Macallan Signatory Vintage" from 1949 can also be purchased at auction.

The pre-Christmas online wine auction by Dorotheum and Falstaff will once again take place until November 24, 2023 and will once again break all records. With more than 2,000 bottles of wine in 833 lots, this is the largest wine auction ever held in Austria.

To the auction

In terms of quality it meets top international standards, as only the best wines from France, Spain, Italy, Austria and the New World were included in the auction. For the first time, there is also an enormous range of whiskies on offer (more than 80 lots!), including the rarest whiskies such as a Macallan Signatory Vintage from 1949, which is listed at an estimated price of 10,000 euros.

Call price is 50 percent of the estimated price

The Dorotheum-Falstaff wine auction will once again open the starting price at 50 percent of the estimated price. This ensures that there are plenty of "bargains". The 833 lots include 35 lots of Château Mouton Rothschild alone and 22 lots of Château Lafite Rothschild. Among them was the highlight of the auction: a double magnum of Lafite Rotschild 1961 at an estimated price of 18,000 euros. Other highlights include: a Bordeaux collection from the sensational 1982 vintage, a Cheval Blanc 1947 and a magnum bottle of Château Pétrus 1961. The oldest vintage is a Brown Madeira from 1835.

© Kristina Mitrovic

Italy is also very strongly represented. The highlights are two magnum bottles of the cult wine Sassicaia from the legendary 1985 vintage, which was awarded 100 points by the wine pope Robert Parker. The estimated value of a bottle is 6,000 euros.

Something for everyone

Many call prices are in a range below 100 euros. Austria is also strongly represented in terms of numbers. In particular the Wachau with the best Rieslings in the world and the top reds from Burgenland. There is also a very strong contingent of Rieslings from Germany.

The organisers Dorotheum and Falstaff are also expecting a new auction record for proceeds in their short history of wine auctions.

© Kristina Mitrovic
Falstaff Editorial Team