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What Is Noble Rot & How Does It Affect Wine Flavour?
If you have been visiting the Octavian Vaults site for a while, then you will no doubt have been enjoying our great wine features on everything from the best way to invest, to storage advice. Today, we look to focus on an area that has accumulated some myth over the years, that of noble rot. more
What Are Biodynamic Wines and How Are They Used?
Biodynamic wines are wines made employing biodynamic methods both to grow the fruit and during the post-harvest processing, using the principles of biodynamic viticulture. The method takes organic farming to a more spiritual level and was championed in the 1920’s by Rudolf Steiner and then Maria Thun, who continued publish biodynamic calendars until her death in 2012. more
Top Tips to Help You Become a Successful Wine Investor
Wine as an investment as sky rocketed in recent years, leading many to consider the world’s favourite drink as the perfect way to make substantial amounts of money. more
How to Correctly Understand Wine Tasting Notes
If you have recently made the foray into the world of fine wine, the chances are that you are starting to familiarise yourself with wine tasting and the detailed notes that often come as part and parcel of the process more
8 Best Wine Producing Destinations
Today, we have decided to go in a somewhat different direction, following some feedback we have received from a number of our valued customers; that of the best wine producing destinations from across the globe. more
Learn What Happens to Wine When it Ages
Not all wines are made to age. That may sound odd given the undisputed value of wine cellarage and optimal conditions, but the modern trends of making wine on mass to be opened immediately has meant that your average bottle of Blossom Hill or Jacob’s Creek is likely to lose all of its colour and taste rather foul if it is left for years in a dark room more
Why Are Wine PH Levels Important?
In the latest addition to our advice section here at Octavian Vaults, we take a look at wine PH levels and why they are so important. It doesn’t matter if you are new to the world of wine or have been collecting more
5 Best Red Wines For Autumn
With any talk of an Indian Summer all but over, the time has come to accept Autumn is here and prepare accordingly. Click here to read Octavian Vaults’ 5 best red wines for Autumn more
How to Invest in Fine Wine?
If you have recently started investing in fine wine, then the chances are that you have found it to be a bit of a minefield. Many people make the mistake of thinking that just being a fan of, or perhaps very knowledgeable about their favourite wines more
Wine Parties & Tasting Tips
any people make this mistake of thinking that in order to experience fine wine tasting, they need to jet off to a luxurious location such as the south of France or Italy more
6 Best Wines For Your Wedding
There can be little doubt about it, choosing the best wines for your wedding can make or break the catering aspect of your big day. If you are somewhat of a fine wine aficionado then this will not prove too difficult but for mere mortals more
Wine Festivals Taking Place In August
Now summer is drawing to a close, you may well be thinking of a last-minute trip away and a wine festival might just be the perfect summer event to celebrate the end of August more
Luxury Vineyards You Need to Visit
If you have been a regular visitor here at the Octavian Vaults site of late, then you will no doubt have enjoyed our fine wine features and articles regarding everything from wine cellarage to the best wine prices and rates sites more
A Guide to Wine Storage Rules and Regulations
If you are new to the fine wine industry or perhaps you are investing in this great product for the first time, you may not be aware of the fairly stringent rules that surround it. You should be forgiven for this oversight as it is of course a niche product and one which usually requires years of tutelage and experience more
What You Should Be Looking For in a Wine Storage Company
As one of the UK’s top wine storage companies, the team here at Octavian Vaults have been bringing you all manner of advisory pieces and guides as we look to dispel some myths and bring you the lowdown of an industry that is becoming more more
The Differences Between Mass Produced and Boutique Wine
Welcome back to the Octavian Vaults blog. This week we address the differences between cheap, mass produced wine and high quality vintages. We ensure our wines are kept in optimal conditions, but what happens before they reach us? more
A Tour of Octavian Vaults’ Corsham Cellars
You will often hear us talk about our wine cellarage services here at Octavian Vaults, so we decided to show you our premium storage facility, and give you a quick tour of our Corsham Cellars more
Wine Insurance: What You Need to Know
Vintage and fine wines are quickly coming to the fore as collectors benefit from what has become one of the best performing asset classes of the last 20 years. So nowadays it’s not just fine wine enthusiasts who collect expensive wines, but also prudent investors who see them as fantastic money-making opportunities. more
Who is Robert Parker?
As part of our continued commitment to bringing you all you need to know about the world’s finest wines, we thought it only right that we profiled perhaps the most iconic figure in the entire industry. more
A Guide to Buying Wine En Primeur
In June’s final instalment here at the Octavian Vaults blog, we take a look at a subject that is never far from the news – that of buying wine “en primeur”. Translated from French as “wine futures”, this is the process of buying fine wines whilst they are still ageing in the barrel, then waiting until they mature into an exquisite product before delivering. more
How to Properly Store or Lay Wine at Home
If you have been reading the Octavian Vaults blog recently, you will have seen that we have really upped our game in terms of bringing you all the latest news and resources you need regarding wine cellarage, investment and of course, bonded wines. more
What Qualifies as a Bonded Wine Warehouse?
Due to our passion for bonded wines and cellarage, you will often hear us talking about wine duty and storage here on the Octavian Vaults site, but many customers who are new to the scene may find all of this terminology somewhat confusing. As such, our wine experts have put this handy guide together, explaining just what qualifies as a bonded warehouse and how this differs from your average space. more
Where To Buy and Value Wine Online
If you are looking to succeed in wine investment or looking to buy the product in bulk, then finding the best deals can be tricky. Find out where to buy and value wine online here. more
What You Need to Know About Investing in Wine
Thinking of investing in wine? Read the latest guide with crucial advice from Octavian Vaults. more
What Is Bonded Wine?
Are you looking to learn more about bonded wine and wine cellarage in general? If so, read the latest article from Octavian Vaults. more
How to Avoid Wine Investment Scams
Wine investment scams can occur occasionally and can result in the loss of great sums of money. Read the Octavian Vaults guide to avoiding these mishaps! more
Octavian hosts a seminar as London Wine Week's Official Storage Partner
Octavian is running a seminar entitled How to Start a Fine Wine Collection at Hedonism Wines on Tuesday 3rd June more
Armit moves to Octavian's Colerne Reserve
Longstanding Octavian client Armit Wines has renewed its long term contract with Octavian and is relocating its stock to the brand new Colerne Reserve - more
Bordeaux Index signs with Octavian
UK wine merchant Bordeaux Index moves its entire stockholding to Octavian's new Colerne Reserve - more
The Value of Storage Provenance in Fine Wine Investmen
A presentation from the International Wine Fair in Hong Kong by Ella Lister, Fine Wine Strategy, Octavian. Download the presentation in pdf. - more
Octavian Increases Presence in Asia with A Stand at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair
For the first time Octavian will join the 800 other exhibitors at the fair, where Founder and Chairman, Nigel Jagger, will be greeting both trade and private individuals at stand 3D-B25 in the Wine Investment area The Wine Investment Forum on Saturday 5th November promises to address the now critical issue of wine storage provenance and its role in investment, and will include a presentation by Ella Lister, Octavian’s fine wine strategy consultant - more
The Octavian Vaults Library Collection – The results are in
The aim of the Octavian Vaults Library Collection was to highlight readily available wines at 5 and 10 years old, with particular attention to their cellaring potential. Wines were blind-tasted by experts including Tim Atkin MW, Sam Harrop MW, Charles Metcalfe and Derek Smedley MW, and scored out of 100. - more
Fine Wine – the finest investment?
2009 has been hailed as an extraordinary vintage throughout France, reflected in Burgundy prices that increased 20% on last year at the 149th Hospices de Beaune auction. But following the economic downturn last year, does a good vintage still translate into a good investment? - more