The second Great Tokaj Wine Auction took place on Saturday 26th April in Sárospatak, Hungary, as part of the Tokaj Spring weekend. The Auction brought in 90 433 €, a 34 % increase on 2013 results. Of the 24 lots offered by 21 producers, 18 were sold. That is 75 % of the lots, an increase on the 60 % sold last year.
Intense bidding for István Szepsy’s lot, Furmint Nyúlászó “58” 2013 particularly brought the room alive with two bidders raising the hammer price to 26 667 € from a starting price of 4 000 € and an estimate price between 4 800 and 5 500 €. This barrel of 136 l litres, 182 bottles of 750 ml, made a final price (including VAT and commission) of 147 € a bottle. The Hungarian entrepreneur who acquired the lot thus becomes the exclusive owner.
”The proportion of lots sold, the hammer prices and the packed auction room all show we are right on track. The passionate bidding for the Szepsy lot that resulted in a 26 667 € record demonstrates what an auction, a well-constructed catalogue, the atmosphere and adrenaline can create,” enthused Nóra Winkler, the auctioneer who animated the auction, catching and running with its momentum.
Wineries that participated in this year’s auction are: Bardon, Barta, Béres, Budaházy, DemeterVin, Dereszla, Disznókő, Füleky, Gizella, Gróf Degenfeld, Holdvölgy, Kubus, Orosz Gábor, Samuel Tinon, Szent Benedek, Szent Tamás, Szepsy, Tokaj-Hétszőlő and Tokaj Kereskedőház Zrt.
This year some lots were divided to make the wines more accessible to buyers. Next year, a computer program will allow potential buyers to create groups for bidding.
The Great Wine Auction shows the diversity of the wines of the region and allows buyers from anywhere in the world to buy – either alone or with a group of people – wines that are exclusive and to buy several types of wine at the same occasion, once a year.
Two hundred people came to participate in the Auction that took place in the stunning Castle of Sárospatak. More than twenty Hungarians and non-Hungarians subscribed to bid at the Auction, some by telephone.