Collecting wine: Buying in-bond wines

Welcome to the home of fine wine collecting. If you’re considering starting a wine collection or want to purchase a few in-bond cases, you’ll find all the expertise and advice you need to begin your journey below.

ADVICE ON GETTING STARTED

There’s no magic formula for building a fine wine collection. It takes time. Like a painting, it’s created in layers – brushstrokes – some things added, some taken away. But when, at last, you savour a bottle you love at its peak maturity, it is one of life’s great pleasures.
Take pleasure in the planning
When you think about starting your collection, it needs to be with an eye on medium- and long-term pleasure and potential. The idea of a well-planned collection is that once the wines start to reach maturity, you’ll have all the bottles you need. To do this, you’ll need to buy wines at the earliest opportunity in their lifespan, En Primeur.
Consider how much you want to spend
A love of wine is a prerequisite to starting a wine collection, but it’s a passion that comes with a price tag. And, if you want a wine collection that’s exciting in terms of drinking and flexibility, it will require a certain amount of investment. You don’t have to commit a lot to make it interesting but if you are collecting classic wines for the longer term it is a minimum of £250 a month with Cellar Plan.
Look beyond the blue-chip wines
If all the talk of classed growths and Grand Crus has left you feeling disheartened, fear not. There are plenty of less well-trodden routes to building a wine collection; especially if you’re looking ahead to unearth regions and producers that are likely to become increasingly rewarding.
Don’t be afraid to change your mind
As you get deeper into the wine world, you’ll find that your tastes develop and evolve meaning you may want to re-shape your collection. BBX, our fine wine exchange, is the world’s largest collection of fine wine, with almost £1 billion of customer-owned wines available to buy or bid on. It’s a thrill to explore and a great place to both sell your wine and buy new cases to grow your collection.

BUYING WINE IN BOND

Wines 'in bond' have not yet had the Duty and VAT paid on them. They must be stored in a bonded warehouse approved by HM Customs & Excise.

Buy wines in bond with us through our Hong Kong Private Account Managers

Arrange wines to ship to Hong Kong (there are no additional Duty and VAT for wines delivering to Hong Kong)

  • Sea Shipment*
  • Air Shipment*
Sea Shipment schedule to Hong Kong occurs once per 2 months, lead time is around 3 months after scheduled date.
Transportation fee per case: HK$280
Air Shipment schedule to Hong Kong occurs twice per month, lead time is around 3 weeks after scheduled date.
Transportation fee per case: HK$1,600

Store in our temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art warehouses in UK.

Storage charges £13.80 (£12.60 for Cellar Plan members) per case per annum.
There is a minimum annual charge of £41.40.
List and Sell on BBX
*Transportation fee includes shipping to one local Hong Kong address. Delivery is available to HK Island, Kowloon and the New Territories Monday to Saturday except public holidays, 10am to 6.30pm. Please note that for delivery to remote areas – such as Ma Wan, Discovery Bay, Tung Chung or Airport ­– an extra charge of HK$400 will be applied. Please note that we do not offer delivery services to Lantau Island and other outlying islands (with the exception of Ma Wan, Discovery Bay, Disneyland, Tung Chung and Airport). We offer free deliveries to Ma Wan on Mondays only and free deliveries to Discovery Bay, Disneyland, Tung Chung & HK Airport area on Saturdays only.

What are the advantages of buying 'in Bond'?

Wines stored in bond are much more attractive to prospective buyers and brokers. Merchants or brokers will usually give you the same price whether the wine is duty and VAT paid. Therefore, if you sell your wine in bond, you will save the equivalent VAT and duty charges.
Traceability and Provenance - wines stored in bond are much easier to trace (there are a limited number of bonded warehouses). Buying from us guarantees that wines have been stored correctly.