Welcome to Cellaraiders! You're here, because you love wine, or at the very least, you want to drink it! Cellaraiders is in the business of buying wine collectors cellars, either partial or complete. People sell their wine for many reasons; tastes change, the need to liquidate their investment, estate planning, financial difficulties, downsizing. You name it, the reasons are myriad. The bottom line is, the secondary market is a great place to find older wines at prices that rival auction, without waiting or the risk of losing the wine to a higher bidder. I take great pains to make sure that what I buy has been properly cellared . I don't want to drink, nor do I want to sell, poorly cellared wine.
A quick note about the site itself. THE INVENTORY ON THE WEBSITE IS REALTIME. As each collection is added to the site, as each bottle(s) is sold, the site is automatically updated. Once a transaction online is completed, the inventory automatically adjusts. Unless the data is input incorrectly, what you see on the site, is what is actually there. The site is a full ecommerce website, which means the best way to purchase is to log onto your account, and buy whatever you desire. However, please feel free to call with any questions or concerns, and of course if you prefer placing orders over the phone instead of the website, feel free to do so!
While there are many wine regions within France, the best known are Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace, Loire, Champagne and the Rhone. In the red wines of Burgundy, the two grape varietals used are Pinot Noir and Gamay, the latter of which is used in making Beaujoulais. Chardonnay is the varietal for white Burgundy. Bordeaux produces many more varietals, of which the overwhelming variety for red wine is Cabernet Sauvignon. In the communes of St Emillon and Pomerol, Merlot happens to be the major grape. Other varietals include, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Bordeaux’s whites include Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. While Alsace and the Loire produce some reds, they are really known for their white wines. In Alsace, Riesling predominates, but there is also a large quantity of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris (formerly called Tokay), Muscat, and Pinot Blanc, while in the Loire it is Muscadet, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Gamay. Champagne has three varietals that can be used in the wines of the region, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Finally the Rhone, made up of Hermitage, Condrieu, Cornas, St Joseph, Cote Rotie and Crozes Hermitage in the north, where the main varietal is Syrah and in the south, Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras, where a huge variety of grapes are grown, among the best known, Marsanne, Rousanne, Viognier, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignane and Cinsault.
While it might be an overstatement to say that Italy is one vast vineyard, there can be no argument that wine is grown all over Italy. The best known regions are Tuscany and Piedmont. Tuscany is home to the “Super Tuscans,” made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and home also to Brunello di Montalcino, which is made from Sangiovese Grosso. Piedmont is home to Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara, Dolcetto and Barbera. The Nebbiolo grape rules supreme here.
Like most wine growing regions, Spain produces hundreds of grape varietals and such a list is impractical here. The major grapes grown are Tempranillo, Granacha (red and white,) Malvasia, Monstrell, Albarino, Moscatel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Rioja is Spain’s oldest known wine region, but other areas of the country now share the limelight, the best known being Ribera del Duero, Penedas, and Priorat.
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Home to red wines, it is best known for producing Port in the Duero region and Madeira on the island of Madeira. Port is made from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo,) Tinta Barroca and Tinta Cao. Madeira is the only type of wine said to benefit from heat. In fact the Portuguese used to fill the holds of their ships with Madeira and use it as ballast as they sailed around the world. Many of the grapes that make up the worlds existing stocks of old Madeira are now extinct. The best known of the grapes of Madeira are Bual (Boal), Malvasia (Malmsey,) Terrantez, Bastardo, Sercial and Verdelho.