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Top Lot Goes for $14,000 at First-Ever Willamette Valley Collectors’ Auction 


Zachys Wine Auctions hosts sale of eighty-nine rare and collectible lots

Willamette Valley, Ore. – April 11, 2022 – Eighty-nine exclusive, rare and library bottlings sold to  lucky bidders at the Willamette Valley Collectors’ Auction on Thursday during an exciting live-close  event streamed to the public. The first-time partnership between Willamette Valley Wineries Associa tion (WVWA) and Zachys Wine Auctions raised $115,230 after ten days of bidding. 

“This first foray into the fine wine auction circuit has been an exciting milestone for our region. We are  so happy to see every lot find a home with a fine wine collector, and even happier to see some of our  lots garner amazing winning bids thanks to an impressive pool of engaged bidders,” said WVWA  Executive Director Morgen McLaughlin.  

Antica Terra’s unique lot, a custom blending session, took home the winning bid of $14,000, a  testament to the wild popularity of winemaker Maggie Harrison as well as the strong interest in  authenticity and experiences among Willamette Valley wine lovers. In fact, the second-highest winning  bid of $5,000 went to Alexana for their offering of a luxury winery visit for two couples in addition to a  vertical of magnum bottles. 

Other standout lots included a “cellar crawl” collaboration series from Bethel Heights Vineyards and  a magnum collection from Archery Summit, both selling at $3,200. Trademark Oregon creativity was  rewarded: the highest-earning white wine lot was Hazelfern’s 80s tribute, a “Back to the Future” Char donnay lot delivered in a Doc Brown “Back to the Future” radioactive plutonium case custom-built in  Europe that sold for $1,300. 

Powered by Zachys, the Willamette Valley Collectors’ Auction opened for online bidding Tuesday,  March 29 and closed with a live-streamed auction on Thursday, April 7. 

Interest in library wine is evident among those discovering the Willamette Valley and longtime fans  alike. Zachys reported an amazing 1,667 bids from 267 engaged bidders for this inaugural event. And  for the auction’s kickoff, more than 260 people registered for the Collectors’ Auction kickoff virtual  seminar featuring wine critic Josh Raynolds of Vinous, in which a star-studded panel of winemakers  discussed vintage variation and ageworthiness in the Willamette Valley. The recording for that seminar  is public and may be viewed here

All proceeds from the Willamette Valley Collectors’ Auction benefit the WVWA’s programs to promote,  preserve and advance the prestige of Oregon’s Willamette Valley AVA and its wines.  

About the Willamette Valley Wineries Association  

The WVWA is a nonprofit industry association dedicated to achieving recognition for Oregon’s acclaimed  Willamette Valley as a premium Pinot noir-producing region. The WVWA has more than 230 members repre senting wineries, tasting rooms and vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley. The organization also hosts  Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction, Oregon Pinot Camp, Pinot in the City, May in Wine Country, The Giving  Season and the Cellar Season. Visit willamettewines.com for more info. 

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