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Old Bottle of Port to Sell

February 28, 2013
Question by: Mary, Pretoria, South Africa


I need your urgent assistance, this 1937  Porto Wine was given to my late husband as a wedding gift, I have no use of this bottle of Wine and I am very interested to sell got few numbers and a stamp, if someone can assist or give a referal in South Africa.


Hi Mary,  Symington Family Estates are not active in the secondary market for Ports so we are not well placed to advise you on the value of your bottle.  Your best bet is to consult a specialist wine merchant or an auction house that handles fine wines, who can advise you on the saleability of your bottle in your area.

Be aware that as a general rule only Vintage Ports from top producers are sought in the secondary market, and you will have to satisfy any broker or potential buyer that the bottle has been well stored and likely to be in good condition. 

Another alternative to the auction house route is a private sale to a keen port lover. There are two internet chat forums devoted to Port: The Port Forum, which is UK based, and For The Love of Port, which is based in the USA. Both have a thoroughly international following, however. Registration is free on both sites

On The Port Forum, post your query in the Port Conversations chat room. If you take a look, there are a number of threads like this already posted, with members offering advice re how the wines are drinking, price levels, etc.

On For The Love of Port, go to the chat thread Port & Madeira Marketplace to post your message – and do read the Marketplace Disclaimer notice.

Post a full description of the bottle, including exact wording on the label, describe the fill level of the bottle, the condition of the capsule and bottle generally (e.g. signs of leakage or staining)  and all the information you can about when and where the wine was acquired, and very importantly, how and where it has been stored. If you have photos, you can post them, or send an email to the moderator asking for assistance, and they will add the photo into the thread.  Interest in buying is usually expressed via the private mail function on each site, rather than publicly in the thread.

Both of these forums are very friendly and helpful places, and the members are very knowledgeable and will offer candid advice. Good luck.



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