Experts say values are 'set to boom' in a cork-popping year for fine wines

We've already reported on the Liv-Ex market exchange's very positive appraisal of the market performance of fine wines in 2010, with returns of 40.5%.

And now another expert body, The Wine Investment Fund (TWIF) has predicted an excellent 2011 ahead for the world's collectible vintages. According to TWIF, fine wine values are predicted to soar during 2011 with increases of 21% expected for its main wine index.

Analysis reveals that fine wines are increasingly revealing themselves as both steady and appreciating assets - thanks in no small part to their increasing popularity in Asia's markets.

Meanwhile, as Money Observer reports: "Wine surpassed many other asset classes in 2010 and saw price increases in 11 out of 12 months of the year.

"Its returns compared well with other equity markets including the FTSE 100, which rose by 9%, and the FTSE All-Share, up 11%. The star performer for the year was Château Lafite, with most vintages increasing by between 60 and 100%."

Another reason suggested by TWIF for the performance of wines as investible assets include their growing attractiveness to investors and the effects of exchange rate movements, especially between the Chinese renminbi and the British sterling.


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