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Wine bottle on market for $168,000
A winemaker in Florida is showcasing a ridiculously expensive wine.
The winemaker says the bottle will cost about $168,000. It's technically not even a bottle.
The wine is stored in a sealed glass ampoule, which the winemaker says will help preserve the wine's quality. There's no cork, since there's no opening in the glass.
Penfolds' chief winemaker says the company will send someone to open the ampoule, wherever the owner wants to drink the wine.
While single bottles of alcohol (notably a 1787 Chteau Lafite Bordeaux supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson, that sold for $156,000 at auction and which inspired the book "The Billionaire's Vinegar," a $460,000 world auction record sale of the Macallan Cire Perdue in 2010, a bottle of Dalmore 62 sold at the Singapore Airport for $194,000 in 2011 and a six-liter bottle of Screaming Eagle wine which went for $500,000 at auction) have gone for well into six figures, this limited edition Penfolds will be the most expensive wine directly sold from a winery in the world.
But it's not just the grape juice (produced from the oldest continuously producing Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world) commanding such a lofty price. According to Penfolds, the vessel itself was a team effort, calling on the talents of a world-renowned glass artist, a prominent Australian designer-maker who prepared all the precious metal detailing, a South Australian furniture craftsman who designed and made the bespoke Jarrah cabinet, and a veteran scientific glassblower who designed the scientificgrade Ampoule.