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For a good cause - Record bid of 31,500 euros at VDP.Rheingau wine auction

This is a translation of the original press release from Kloster Eberbach.


A total of 3'619 bottles went under the hammer with a total net result of 305,768 euros.


A gigantic conclusion formed lot 48 of this year's wine auction VDP.AUKTION.RÉSERVE in the monastery Eberbach. A wine cuvéed from the three best barrels of the VDP.Weingüter Robert Weil, Battenfeld-Spanier and St. Antony changed hands for an unprecedented sum. Another novelty in 2022 is the attachment of NFC tags to authenticate all auction wines.


As last year, the VDP.AUKTION.RÉSERVE took place this Saturday, March 05, 2022 exclusively online. Nevertheless, almost 560 wine enthusiasts, collectors and wine traders followed the live broadcast. Auctioneer Ulrich Allendorf auctioned 48 "lots" from 12 Rheingau VDP.Wineries, including Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir.


A total of 35,700 euros for a good cause

For 20 years, the Kloster Eberbach winery has supported regional, non-profit or charitable institutions with the benefit wine proceeds, which now total 91,468 euros. This year, a 1952 Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Spätburgunder Cabinet reached an auction price of 4'200 euros, which will benefit the "Kindergartenburg" daycare center. The establishment of a motor activity centre for children is supported.


The proceeds of the second charity wine will be divided into thirds and, due to current developments, will benefit the Ukraine, the campaign #solidAhrität to support the reconstruction of the wine region Ahr and the foundation Stoa169 of the artist Bernd Zimmer - for 31'500 euros, a 12-liter bottle of "Unser Aufbruch" from the wineries Robert Weil, Battenfeld-Spanier and St. Antony, the original picture of the label which was painted by the contemporary, world-renowned artist Bernd Zimmer, three magnums and six 0.75l bottles of the wine changed hands.


Collector's boxes and large bottles achieved top prices

Large formats such as a 12-liter bottle, known in the trade as Balthazar, of the 2020 "Goethewein aus dem Brentanohaus" found a new owner. This unique specimen, provided with artist label, from the winery Allendorf achieved 6'600 euros. Weingut Robert Weil presented a Methuselah of the iconic wine "Monte Vacano", achieving the second highest hammer price of the auction at 10'001 euros. The 6-liter Methuselah of the 2012 Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Spätburgunder from the Kloster Eberbach winery also joined the ranks of the successful large formats at 3,100 euros.


The Domdechant Werner winery was also back in the game after a break of several years and immediately caused a stir with a 6 Hochheimer Kirchenstück vertical of the 2007 to 2015 vintages. The vertical from Weingut Künstler, which presented six Rieslings from the Hochheimer Kirchenstück from the decade before last, also reached a hammer price of 940 euros.


Wines from seven decades

A special feature of the Rheingau wine auctions have always been the matured rarities from the treasuries of the wineries. The oldest wine in this year's auction was a Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Beerenauslese Dunkelblaulack from 1915. This wine, which is over a hundred years old, was able to pass into the hands of an anonymous owner at a hammer price of 9'600 euros. The August Eser winery also auctioned off two bottles of Rauenthaler Rothenberg from the 1967 vintage for 350 euros. From the seventies Schloss Johannisberg auctioned six bottles 1967er Spätlese Grünlack for 220 euros each and Kloster Eberbach a 0.7l bottle 1972 Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Spätburgunder Auslese ice wine for 1200 euros.


Six bottles of the thirty-year-old ice wine from the VDP.GROSSEN LAGE Erbacher Marcobrunn were auctioned for 500 euros each.


Innovation and new technology secures wine rarities

With the help of blockchain technology in combination with an NFC tag, the auction wines are secured and their authenticity guaranteed. The production of a copy or reuse of the bottle is excluded. This innovative guarantee of authenticity represents a great added value for wine enthusiasts, collectors, traders and also the wineries.


Next year, the VDP.AUKTION.RÉSERVE will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2023.



Video-Impression from the auction.