If you enjoy a drink and you’re South African, wine is one of the most sublimely easy options to choose from since it’s one of our most abundant commodities.  You don’t have to look very far to find a wine of superior grading here and you can enjoy good taste without having to break the bank…what a privilege. For some though, the more a bottle of wine costs, the better. The price of a car in exchange for a glass of the best – no problem! Here are some of the most ludicrously expensive bottles ever sold…

1. Château d’Yquem

When it comes to white wine, this one is top of the list as most expensive – and rare too. It’s been tasted a total of three times and each time received five out of five stars. Bought by a private collector, the bottle was sold for more than R800 000 in London and will be on display in a bullet proof show case in Bali for six years. The lucky owner says he’ll open it once the time is up and share it with his wife and family in Paris, with a succulent menu to suit the occasion.

2. Romanée-Conti

Of the red wine variety, one bottle of Romanée-Conti burgundy wine is one of the most expensive ever. The price tag of almost R900 000 is probably in part due to the rarity of it – as there were only 600 bottles produced at the end of World War 2. The bottle was bought by a collector in America and has reportedly not been opened yet.

3. Chateau Lafite

This memorabilia wine sold at more than a million rand for a 750ml bottle – and that was in 1985. It is believed to have come from Thomas Jefferson’s wine cellar and even has his initials etched into the glass. Bought by Malcolm Forbes, publisher of Forbes Magazine, the bottles have caused some controversy over the years as there has been some speculation about the authenticity.

4. Screaming Eagle Cabernet

One of the priciest wines ever sold on auction, this sat in a small cave and was aged in French Oak for about two years before being sold for charity, fetching about four million rand in the process. For that price, you could possibly buy a lifetime supply of your favourite South African wine, but it was for a good cause so…


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