Guest post by Alti Wine Exchange
For those wondering who this is, I'm Breno, senior editor at Alti wine exchange.
The last time, I was invited by Julien Miquel to give you some curiosities about the history of wine. Now I'm happy to be here to talk about how fine and rare wines are an investment for the future. Thanks Julien!
Let's bring together wine and finance advice, what do you think?
As a wine lover, rest assured: this passion can be very useful to you financially.
You will be interested to see how and why investing in fine wines can be the long-term safe haven you were looking for in your portfolio.
Real assets in times of crisis
What I want to show you today is that one of the best ways to protect yourself is to invest in real financial assets, which fall under the category of alternative investments.
Especially in times of pandemic, the global financial crisis of coronavirus / covid-19 is making life difficult for investors. Uncertainty, heavy losses and more fears accumulate.
In a scenario of economic uncertainty, many people like to go for physical, tangible assets: some buy real estate, gold or art.
Fine wine is one of the real assets and safe alternative investments you have been looking for.
What about earning a lot more in the long run?
Well, you who are a connoisseur or just a wine lover already know that rare and fine wines - those that age finely and improve over time - tend to be sold several times its original price years later, if well preserved.
For example? Think about those who are extremely expensive Romanée-Conti bottles that are auctioned for so many thousands of dollars and euros from time to time.
An age-worthy wine that tastes better over time would appreciate its price exclusively for its increasing quality.
But there is more: while the number of bottles of a certain vintage only decreases over the years (quite simply because they are consumer products), the demand for these wines is constant or even decreasing. rise.
What does it mean? Simple supply and demand: secure and profitable returns.
The value of your fine wine will only increase over time.
There is also another very good point: good wine is largely sheltered from economic crises and downturns along the way because it is not correlated to financial markets, stocks and bonds.
But even if you want a comparison to the markets, let me give you an example just for the short term. Compare the performance of our fine wine indices against two key European stock indices. Not bad!
One very important fact that I should state however: you should not commit more than 3 to 5% of your portfolio in this investment class. It is essential that you always maintain diversification.
Become better, rarer and more profitable
At the end of the line?
The fine and rare wine you find on Alti Wine Exchange is limited in supply, and although it does pay of no interest, He becomes better (due to its quality) and very rare (because it's a consumer product!) over time.
Renowned fine and rare wines like those we offer, from beautiful Bordeaux and Rhône to Brunello, including Mosel Riesling and more, are completely sold out or are becoming scarce on the retail market. When you buy one, potential customers will look for them in the future at Alti Wine Exchange, paying significantly more for these bottles - which you will own and, if you wish, store under extremely secure conditions in a partner bonded warehouse.
But even if you no longer wish to keep your bottle (s) in bond, you will have a vintage that will stand the test of time if stored in the right conditions. It's a win-win situation for you!
Investing in fine wines is becoming an important trend and we are happy to be a driving force in it. We are the first in the world blockchain-based platform for wine exchange, working every day to make simple and practical wine trade for everyone.
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We would recommend either Wineworks Premium or Wineworks Superior as your first 30 Bottle Kit Wine. Both of these ranges are designed to produce a good quality wine that is ready to drink within 2-4 weeks but will benefit if left up to 6-8 weeks. Furthermore, they also have a great selection of wines to choose from.
If you’ve never made wine before or you simply don’t have any of the equipment or ingredients any longer then you could purchase one of our bundles. These bundles combine all the required equipment along with your prefered wine kit so that you can have everything delivered to your door and just get started. The Wineworks Superior Starter Bundles are a great choice if you want to keep the equipment budget down but still choose the quality of wine you’d like to go for. Whereas, the Wineworks Luxury Starter Bundles offer a better quality equipment pack and still let you choose from a great choice of wine kits.
The two most important aspects of making wine are Cleanliness and Temperature. Firstly remember everything that comes into contact with the wine should be cleaned and sterilised ( see below ). Secondly maintain a constant temperature between 21-26°C ( 69-79°F ). It is much better to be on the cool side and constant than hot one minute and cold the next. Airing cupboards are definitely no, no’s. ( See below )
Clean and sterilise all equipment. Here’s a selection of Sterilisers you can use and if you not quite sure which steriliser to go for then you can take a look at our Beginners Wine Making Part 1 - Cleaning, Sterlising
Wineworks Superior wines : These usually take 10-15 days to ferment, and a further week to clear. Again the wine can be drunk immediately but we recommend ageing it 4 weeks but you can leave it up to 12 months. The time you will leave it will depend very much on your stocks. So get plenty built up. The reds benefit more than the whites with ageing. Certain kits ( see the list below ) are suited more to the experienced wine maker and take around 4 weeks to ferment and then left for a further 2 weeks. These products does really benefit from ageing. All the kits we list in this section require little ageing.
As it’s new to you it will probably take in all 2 hours for your first batch. However, once you are used to it 1 hour is about the maximum amount of time needed. We would also point out bar the bottling side; it takes just as long to make 6 bottles as it does to make 30 bottles, so we strongly recommend you make the larger quantity. After all 6 bottles doesn’t go very far as we said before !
From our experience it is much better to maintain a constant temperature than a fluctuating one. We suggest 21-26°C ( 69-79°F ), although if it is cooler than this, it is not a problem, it just takes slightly longer to ferment. If you can’t maintain this then we supply three different forms of heating equipment : Brew Belt / Heat BeltThis is a simple insulated electric cable that wraps round your conteneur and provides a gentle heat. It is very souple and extremely easy to use. Heat Tray ( 4 demi/5 Gallon Fermenter ) This is like a flat tray that provides a gentle continuous heat that goes under the fermenter. Immersion HeaterThis drops into the container, through the bung and can be thermostatically controlled to maintain the juste temperature. Similar to a fish tank heater. All these can be added to our starter kit packages. See our film showing the genres of heating equipment available for your fermentation.
It is important to clean
If you’ve made it this far, hopefully understanding a bit of what we’ve said, then you’ll want to know how much it will cost to get started ! As you may have noticed, we’ve put together a couple of equipment packs which include everything you need, and take the confusion out of buying. You can make your first 30 bottles of Wine for approximately £65. 00. That’s all in ( Equipment