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Whether you’re looking for a birth- or anniversary-year wine, want to add to your cellar or just wonder what the past tastes like, these sellers have you covered. Even better, they make old bottles more attainable than you might expect.

Acker Wines

New York City

Claiming to be the country’s oldest wine shop still in operation, Acker might have an advantage when it comes to back vintages. The family-owned business has developed relationships that help it bring bottles that are old, rare and both to customers via auction or retail.

Liner & Elsen Wine Merchants

Portland, OR

A standout in a city of serious wine drinkers, this Pacific Northwest stalwart is everything you want in a shop, including great service and selection. Its collection of back vintages is worth seeking out for variety and surprisingly reasonable prices.

The oldest known bottle of wine still in existence is from the fourth century. (Sorry, it’s not for sale.)

The Rare Wine Co.


This importer and retailer may have rare in the name, and it certainly delivers on those, but its back vintages are something special. If you’ve ever wondered what a Madeira from 1834 tastes like, The Rare Wine Co. may be your best bet to find out.

Sotheby’s Wine

New York City

Although this auction house has been in business since 1774, its wine arm is much newer. Fear not, however, the wine itself is plenty old. Wine is sold both retail and via auction, with bottles that are almost 100 years old available through the latter. Private sales and regular “Fine & Rarest Offerings” offer further opportunities for collectors.



While this seller does have a great selection of back-vintage wines, where it really shines is all the ways that it helps buyers store and organize them. It has a storage facility in Napa, as well as live and online tools to help track what’s in your cellar and when you should drink.