Wines have fascinating histories, vintages along with a variety of different values, making them perfect for collecting.
If you have been considering starting a wine collection and looking for inspiration, then how about the world’s biggest wine collection in Moldova. This record breaking wine collection is located in a small village called Milesti Mici, but there is nothing small about this collection. Stretching as far as 250 kilometres, the cellar is thought to be home to around 2 million bottles of wine.
There are number of reasons why it’s great to collect wine. You will always have wine you like on hand and you can save money by buying quality wine when it’s younger and cheaper and age it yourself. Most wines are produced to be drunk within a few months, however some of the best reds taste so much better when they’ve been allowed to age for at least a few weeks, and even some whites too.
But you don’t need to break the bank or accumulate thousands of bottles to have a collection to be proud of. Here are some tips to start your own, perhaps a little more modest, wine collection.
You don’t have to go out and fill up your wine collection all at once. There is much pleasure to be head from buying bottles as you come across them. Wherever you live, you will find fellow wine enthusiasts, local wine collector groups and auctions, to help you start to grow your collection. The focus of your collection should be about buying wines you like to drink and learning about wine and seeing how it changes as it ages.
Collect what you like
It may seem obvious, but it’s important to buy what you like, not what you think you should buy. After all, you will be drinking some of it as time goes on. The only wines that are really worth collecting, are the ones you actually like to drink.
Think about storage
Although you may be eager to display your collection in your kitchen for all to see, you could risk ruining wine because the temperature was too warm, or drying out the corks with low humidity. So, if possible, invest in a temperature controlled unit. A consistent 55 degrees is the ideal temperature.
Keep a record of what you have
To make it easier for you to keep track of what wine you have, ensure there is some kind of order to your storage. At the very least you should know where each bottle is and how many you have. When you drink a bottle, add in detailed tasting notes which you can refer back to when you wish.
But don’t forget, while it’s satisfying to watch your collection grow, it’s more enjoyable to actually drink the wine and share it those around you.