Specializing in fine and rare wines, the Antique Wine Company serves over 20,000 clients all over the world. For over thirty years the company has thrived and even broken a few records. It all started with Stephen Williams, the CEO of the London based company, when he founded the wine merchant in 1982.
Armed with a dream and a passion for vintage wine the AWC was born. However, CEO Stephen Williams wanted his company to accomplish more than an array of vintage wines. So, the company went one step further. Over the years they’ve acquired current wines they feel are the vintage wines of the future. No matter your thoughts on how they define “vintage”, the company undoubtedly deals in only the finest of wines. For this reason, the fine wine industry hails the AWC as experts. This is why AWC makes it their mission to provide management and assistance to palaces, beautiful hotels, and Chateaux.
Aside from fine wines, the Antique Wine Company is also known for breaking industry records. For example, in the year 2011 they sold the most expensive bottle of white wine in history. The 1811 Chateau d’Yquem sold for $117,000! The buyer (Restaurant owner Christian Vanneque) wanted to display the bottle, but he decided he would rather enjoy it himself. They also created the very first wine drinking application for the iPhone. In addition to breaking industry records, they also plan to educate the masses. AWC offers fine wine masterclasses and assorted wine courses at their AWC Wine Academy, which launched in 2011.
More important than their accomplishments is their product. One such product worth mentioning is the Grand Chateau Series. The AWC consulted cabinet maker Viscount David Linley to give birth to these handcrafted wines. What makes these wines unique is the presentation. They created the series with the idea of miniature architectural recreations of nine chateaux in Bordeaux. Each of these models contain 18 bottles pertaining to the specific building. Plus, some of the bottles date back to the 20th century, some as far back as 1860.
Starting with a vision a revolution in the fine wine industry began. For over 25 years the Antique Wine Company worked its way up to the top of fine wine. Since their creation the AWC has broken into other markets, like the Asian fine wine industry, and plans to keep going up.