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Marqués de Riscal holds an historical auction in Beijing of 100 vintages dating from 1862 to 2005 12/7/2011

Marqués de Riscal recently held a charity auction in Beijing (China) where the largest lot of wines from different vintages ever auctioned was put on sale, more specifically a lot of 100 wines by the brand with vintages dating from 1862 to 2005, with a display cabinet used by Marqués de Riscal at the Brussels Universal Exhibition in 1910.

The result of the bids for this lot was a huge success, the highest amount ever offered for a collection of Spanish wines. The buyer offered a total of 1,450,000 Yuan, which converts to a total of €161,000, that has been handed over to Aiyou Huaxia Charity Foundation to benefit children in need.

The event was organized together with ASC Fine Wines, China’s leading fine wine importer and distributor and The Mercedes-Benz Center Beijing. In addition to the potential bidders attending the event, different representatives of the Chinese media were also present, Beijing Television being particularly noteworthy, who broadcast the event to the whole country, an unprecedented occurrence, since events of this kind are not usually broadcast nationally.

Marqués de Riscal has always been a pioneer company that is a reference in the industry. In 1858 it became the first winemaker in La Rioja to make its wines using Bordeaux methods. In 1972 it became the first winemaker to promote the “Rueda” appellation of origin, where the highly rated white wines are made. And more recently, it officially opened “Ciudad del Vino” (City of Wine) with a building designed by the architect Frank O. Gehry, which is the most avant-garde building to date used by a Spanish wine maker. Marqués de Riscal markets its products in over 100 countries and its wines have been awarded the most acclaimed international prizes, and other awards and mentions in specialised press.

It is particularly noteworthy that Marqués de Riscal keeps samples of all the vintages that have been made since 1862 in its cellar, known as The Cathedral, which represents the biggest collection in the world of wines of the same Brand.

Marqués de Riscal wines are imported, marketed and distributed by Farsons Beverage Imports Company Limited, a member of The Farsons Group.