Hospices de Beaune’s annual wine sales have brought in a whopping 29 million euros — the highest sum ever raised at a wine auction for charity.
This year’s edition also broke the previous record set in 2018, which stood at 14 million euros.
The proceeds benefit several charities and the upkeep of Beaune’s hospices.
The organizers couldn’t hide their enthusiasm after this year’s success.
An unexpected triumph, combined with the great quality of the wine, which is due to a rich harvest this year.
And after 2 years of Covid and travel restrictions, many foreign customers were able to participate in the oldest charitable auction in the world.
“We’ve almost gone from one extreme to the other. The 2021 sale had just 362 barrels, the lowest yield in 40 years,” said Amayes Aouli, sales manager for Europe at Sotheby’s Wine.
“We are now at the other extreme in 2022 with a plentiful return. This auction has 820 copies for sale, the second largest edition of this beautiful institution,” he said.
The 2021 harvest was cut in half due to devastating spring frosts.
Only 356 barrels were offered for sale this year, an unknown since 1977.