Breaking Records: Port Wine Sells For Over HK$1 Million At TNC Gala
On March 22, The Nature Conservancy brought its exclusive gala dinner back to Hong, partnering with Morgan Stanley and Sotheby's to raise funds for its crucial conservation work around the region.
Artworks and rare wine were auctioned, but it was a second generation Niepoort in Lalique 1863 decanter that broke a world record, selling at a cool HK$1,054,000—making it the most expensive port wine sold at auction. All proceeds went directly to The Nature Conservancy.
Kept in a Lalique bespoke Macassar ebony wood cabinet, this exceptionally rare 156-year-old port is packaged with two Lalique Niepoort Port glasses. The decanter is signed Lalique, and the design is based on the original 11-litre demijohn from 1905, using the oldest method of glass production: cire perdue or lost-wax casting, which makes this a truly unique port experience.
The sale, which took place at the Grand Hyatt, beat the previous world record for a first generation decanter, which sold in November 2018 for HK$992,000 at Acker Merrall & Condit in Hong Kong.
"We are thrilled to achieve another landmark price for what is the oldest Port we have ever bottled, commemorating our remarkable journey over five generations," owner of Nieeport, Dirk van der Niepoort, said in a statement following the record-breaking auction. "We only have one demijohn from 1905, which contains one of our first wines, 1863. It is an incredibly rare Port, the result of years of dedication and craftsmanship."