An Aer Lingus Pilot from the United Kingdom was such a huge fan of wine, that every time he flew he made sure to stop at the airport’s Duty Free to pick up a new bottle or two. The result of this rabid collecting was over 2,000 bottles of wine, discovered piled from the floor to the ceiling in 190 boxes inside his garage, after he recently passed away.

Wine inside garageThe pilot’s collection includes wine dating all the way back to the 1970s with the average price paid per bottle said to be about seven bucks. It’s a fantastic representation of the world’s wine regions, including France, Spain, the United States, Chile and Argentina. The entire collection consists of 2,280 bottles – with 1,600 being red, 340 white and 340 rosé.

The collection

While the collection as a whole isn’t worth much – only about $8,000 – there are some crazy finds inside the massive lot of wine that’s going to be auctioned off by Charterhouse Auctioneers on May 18th. Those finds include some great Rioja from the 1970s as well as some great spirits.


Even though the wine isn’t the typical bottles you’d normally see at a wine auction, according to the auction house, many of the bottles are still good and very drinkable. It’s the perfect auction for someone looking to stock their bar.