When we add another bottle of wine to our shelves, we think of ourselves as mini wine connoisseurs. Better yet, if you own a wine rack, we’re willing to bet that you feel extra fancy when you add another bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon to your stash.
What if we told you that some of the world’s largest wine collections could be worth hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars?
To give you a little inspiration to start building your wine cellar, we’ve compiled this list of some of the world’s largest wine collections! Whether you hope to visit some of these incredible locations or want a little motivation to start your collection, keep reading to find out more.
What Constitutes a Noteworthy Wine Collection?
When we discuss wine collections, we’re not talking about a small cellar, even if it stocks wines from hundreds or thousands of years ago.
While impressive, these cellars pale in comparison to some of the wine cellars in the world that contain millions of bottles of the finest wines. Naturally, some of these wine cellars are major tourist attractions and sit in some of the best locations in the world for wine. From Spain to Florida, wine enthusiasts can marvel at some incredible collections.
You’ll usually find these wine collections in storage facilities, known as cellars, in underground locations. This is crucial in maintaining a stable temperature and humidity level, as underground locations are less susceptible to significant temperature changes. These conditions help to keep the wine in good condition for many years.
The World’s Largest Wine Collections
Now that you understand what a wine collection and cellar are, let’s move on to some of the most extensive collections. Here are five examples of the largest wine collections in the world:
1. Hotel de Paris, Monte-Carlo
The Hotel De Paris in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, is home to one of the most extensive wine cellars in the world. Construction began on the cellar in 1864, taking over ten years before being unveiled by Marie Blanc. The cellar was designed to house barrels directly from nearby vineyards for storage and bottled on-site. Of course, nearly 150 years later, things are a little different, but the cellar hasn’t lost its eery natural charm.
The Hotel De Paris is home to 350,000 bottles of wine, with some of the rarest and most valuable bottles in the world. During the second world war, a portion of the cellar was sealed to protect over 20,000 valuable wines.
The reopening of the cellar after the war was so grand that Winston Churchill attended, opening an 1811 vintage rum to celebrate the occasion. If you’re on the hunt for a wine-inspired trip, you can opt for a private dining experience in the cellars, tasting some of the finest wines in these cellars.
2. The Graycliff
It shouldn’t come as any shock that some of the most extensive wine cellars in the world are worth millions of dollars. The third largest wine cellar, The Graycliff, Nassau, has a value of over $20 million in wine.
While the collection boasts an impressive 250,000 bottles of wine, it’s impressive due to its contents. The Graycliff cellar is home to the world’s oldest and most expensive bottles of wine. It’s a 1727 Rudesheimer Apostelwein from Germany, priced at just under a quarter of a million dollars.
Similar to the Hotel des Paris, visitors can expect wine and food-based activities in the cellars, including gourmet meals and cooking classes. The Graycliff is the ultimate inspiration for anyone wanting to start a high-value wine collection. Why not kick-start this with a bottle from WineOnline? We recommend starting your high-value wine collection with a bottle of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou from 2015.
3. Marques de Riscal
Marques de Riscal, City of Wine, is one of the oldest wineries in the world and could be considered the beating heart of European wine. It’s nestled deep in the Rioja region in Spain and was founded in 1858. The winery and cellars are so large that they’re situated within three buildings.
The original Bodega cellar dates back to 1860 and has some of the rarest vintage wines traced back to the location’s first harvest. The cellar has around 135000 bottles of wine. Situated in one of the most stunning parts of the world; this is a location for every wine enthusiast’s bucket list!
4. Bern’s Steakhouse
Although it might seem strange to find one of the world’s largest wine collections in Tampa, Florida, Bern’s Steakhouse shows that even in the strangest locations, you can start a wine collection. Bern’s Steakhouse is world renowned for its wine collection, boasting over 750,000 bottles. Not only that, Bern’s Steakhouse wine cellar has some real prizes, such as the rare 1845 Chataeu Gruaurd Larose.
This is the ultimate location for wine lovers with over 6,800 selections of reds, whites, and sparkling wine. Of course, Bern’s Steakhouse is also home to some luxurious ports and sherries, so if you’re not a huge fan of wine, you’ll find something you’ll love in their cellar.
5. Milestii Mici
Now for the pièce de résistance, the largest wine collection in the world. Milestii Mici winery in Moldova is home to the most extensive wine collection known to man, with over 2 million bottles stored! The winery won a Guinness World Record in 2005 for owning up to 1.5 million bottles. Naturally, this winery attracts tens of thousands of tourists annually and is a big part of the Moldovan tourist industry.
However, the winery doesn’t just store wines. It has deep wine-making traditions that go back thousands of years, making it one for the history books. The collection is so large the cellar has streets, each named after a specific type of grape. Visitors can even drive cars and bikes through the cellar due to its size.
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