Norway to hold first wine auction

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Norway’s state-controlled wine and liquor retailer, Vinmonopolet, reports an “overwhelming” response from private collectors who want to auction their wine at Norway’s first wine auction this fall.

“We’ve received so many registrations that we need to expand the auction,” Arnt Egil Nordlien of Vinmonopolet told newspaper Aftenposten.

That means there’s likely to be an online auction in addition to the wine auction to be managed by Oslo auction house Blomqvist in November. A total of 2,848 bottles of wine valued at around NOK 4.7 million have been offered to the auction since registration opened last spring.

The two most expensive wines have been appraised at NOK 25,000 each, including a bottle of Chateau Petrus from 1950 and a bottle of Roumier Musigny from 1996.

A change in the state’s strict alcohol law created the possibility for a wine auction in Norway, where alcohol is highly taxed and access is restricted.

newsinenglish.no staff