Everyone knows that items we regularly buy are marked up, but most people don’t really know by how much. Take wine, for example, do you know how much a bottle really is? This is especially important to know if you’re a wine connoisseur who spends hundreds of dollars just for a merlot or pinot grigio. Restaurants price their wines in different ways and some are rarer than others, which can result in an astounding increased price.
Below you’ll find ten of the most marked-up wines in the world, so you know which are really worth your money.
10. Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon: $2,000
Some high-end liquor stores sell this champagne for around $250, but restaurants price it at around $2,000. So, if you want to save, then you’re better off buying it at a liquor store and making your own dinner.
9. Harlan Estate: $2,500
If you get a good bottle of this hard to find wine from Napa Valley, then you should expect to pay over $1,000 and up to $2,500 for it. This is especially true if it’s an older wine that has time on its side.
8. Cristal Champagne: $1,000
If you purchased this in a wine store, it would probably cost a little over $200, but it’s much more when purchased in a restaurant. Generally it reaches up to $1,000 per bottle, but it can be even more inside of nightclubs.
7. Veuve Clicquot: Marked Up by 350%!
A lot of people are willing to pay more for brand names, and that’s a big reason why this champagne is so popular. The price depends on the year, but the markup is around 350% just when it’s sold. This means the restaurant will mark it up even more, and that will run you a lot more money out of your pocket.
6. Silver Oak: Can Cost Thousands of Dollars
This is a wine produced in California that has a lot of fans. It’s only priced at $120 wholesale, but it’s not produced in great quantities. This makes it quite difficult to find, which spikes the price when it’s sold at restaurants. Expect to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for this when you’re out dining.
5. Domaine Coche-Dury: $2,000
The markup on this bottle of wine is also thousands of dollars. You’ll end up paying around $2,000 per bottle when you purchase it with your dinner. A big reason for the markup is that they only produce around 250 bottles in a year, so they are pretty rare. There are similar wines out there, but none are quite the same, which is why some people are willing to pay thousands of dollars for it.
4. Screaming Eagle: $3,000
This is an extremely popular wine that charges a high price for their bottles. One of the big reasons why it’s so expensive is because it’s so hard to find. It’s also high in demand, and that continues to increase as it becomes more difficult to find. If you are lucky enough to get on their mailing list, you can get the wholesale price of $750 per bottle, but the price at most restaurants is $3,000 at least.
3. Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair La Romanee Grand Cru: $4,000
The markup on this wine will result in it being around $4,000 when purchased in a restaurant, and that will only increase with rare vintages. If you purchase it online or through a store, then expect to pay around $2,000.
2. Château Pétrus: $6,300
This wine is extremely popular and is normally drank by millionaires and celebrities when dining out. The cost of this to buy is generally only a few hundred dollars, but that’s not the case when it’s purchased in a restaurant. The amount most people can expect to pay is $6,300 per bottle, and that price only increases with rarer vintages. In fact, some bottles cost up to $40,000.
1. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti: $10,000
This is one wine that is definitely one of the absolutely most expensive. It’s produced by the Burgundy estate and comes in both red and white. They state that the reason for the markup is because the wine is from a small vineyard that doesn’t produce many bottles per year. This means that when it is sold at a restaurant, it can cost $10,000 or much more!
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