Benchmark Wine Group
The Selling Process

Sell Your Wine with Benchmark

No matter the size or depth of your collection, our acquisitions professionals will work with you through each step of the process to make sure that the experience is as easy as possible. The four steps below are a basic outline of the selling process, however we do realize that each situation is unique so please do not hesitate to contact our acquisitions team with specific questions. In addition, regional representatives are available to personally meet with you and assess your large collection on-site.


I appreciate the professionalism with which you guys handled the transaction. Look forward to working with you again on both sides of the trade.
Jeff from New York, April 2017

1. Make A List

Create a list of all of the wine you are interested in selling. An Excel spreadsheet works best, however we can work with any format that you send. To give an appraisal of your collection, we will need the following basic information for each wine that you would like to sell:

  • Producer Name
  • Vintage
  • Special Designation/Vineyard
  • Bottle Size
  • Number of Bottles
  • Bottle Conditions (View Full List)

If you do not have an inventory list already prepared, we have an Excel template that can help to get you started. In addition, if you already use CellarTracker to inventory your collection, use these instructions to download your cellar to Excel. If you prefer, we can do this inventory work for you at our Napa facility.

**Please keep in mind that bottle conditions do affect the price that we are able to pay, so diligence here will result in a more accurate quote.



2. Submit Your Collection for Appraisal

E-mail your list to appraisals@benchmarkwine.com, or call us at 707.255.3500. E-mail submissions will be acknowledged by one of our acquisitions professionals within 24 hours. Once your list is received, you can expect to receive an offer to buy your entire collection within 48 to 72 hours.


3. Packing & Shipping Your Collection

We can handle all of the door-to-door logistics, including on-site inventory for large collections and arranging transportation. We use our contacts in the industry to provide the most efficient and reliable shipping solution for your wine collection. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, our cellar team can pick-up your large collection at no charge; and Napa locals are welcome to drop off their collection at Benchmark.


4. Bottle Inspection & Payment

Once your collection has arrived, our cellar team will inspect each bottle by hand to confirm identity and condition. After inspection, our acquisitions team will send a final quote and any payment terms agreed upon in the sales contract will begin at that time. For more information or to speak with our acquisitions team about a unique situation, e-mail appraisals@benchmarkwine.com or call 707.255.3500.





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