The Antique Wine Company, based in London and founded by Stephen Williams in 1982, specializes in rare and fine wines. The business is known for its record-breaking wine collections, fine-wine events and its services that include locating rare wines, holding private wine-master classes and designing private wine-storage cabinetry and cellars. The Antique Wine Company currently inventories thousands of bottles of the finest vintages in the world and markets to thousands of customers in dozens of countries worldwide.
The Antique Wine Company sold a wine collection in 2006 that contained every vintage from 1860 to 2003 for $1.5 million, which was one of the highest prices for a single lot of wine ever purchased. In July of 2011 The Antique Wine Company set a new world record for selling the most valuable bottle of white wine, when a bottle of an 1811 Chateau d’Yquem sold for $113,422, or £75,000, to Christian Vanneque. The bottle was placed on display at the SIP Sunset Grill in Bali, India, one of the two restaurants Vanneque’s owns. Vanneque said he is not a “fancy” collector, that the bottle was not bought as an investment and that he eventually plans to drink the wine.
In association with fine cabinet maker Viscount Linley, The Antique Wine Company formed the Grand Chateau Series of handcrafted wine cabinets. One top-of-the-line model, The Chateau d’Yquem, includes a collection of Chateau d’Yquem that spans 141 consecutive vintages beginning in 1868.
CEO and managing director of The Antique Wine Company, Stephen Williams has become one of the top experts on rare and fine wine in the world and has become renowned for buying and selling some of the finest wine collections anywhere on earth. Once referred to as the “Sherlock Holmes of Wine,” Williams is known for traveling the globe in efforts to track down the most sought-after wine vintages. Stephen enjoys sharing his vast knowledge of the fine-wine business, which has led him to becoming an accepted expert commentator on the wine industry. Williams has crafted some of the finest wine cellars in the world, in places like chateaus, palaces, five-star hotels and private homes across Europe, North America and Asia. Stephen has been frequently quoted in the press and presents an engaging series of wine programs on Monaco’s Riviera Radio. Stephen, his wife and children split their time between their homes in the South of France and London.