Rare Nazi wine to be sold at auction

16th April, 2014 by Lauren Eads

Two rare bottles of “Führerwein”, made on the orders of Adolf Hitler, are set to go under the hammer at an auction in Glasgow.

'Führerwein'

‘Führerwein’

Hitler was famously teetotal but was known to gift high-ranking German officers with bottles of “Führerwein”, meaning leader’s wine, according to a report by The Daily Mail. 

One of the bottles, an unopened 1.5 litre magnum of red wine, was made in 1943 to mark the dictator’s 54th birthday and was given to a German officer who, after the war, gave it to a Hungarian prisoner of war whose family it has remained with ever since.

It features an image of Hitler, a wax swastika stamp and the stamp of the Reichszeugmeisterei – the central office that supplied Nazi equipment.

The wine is thought to have been made in Germany and believed to be 12% Schwarzer Tafelwein – black table wine.

It was recently handed to a Glaswegian auction house to be sold in an online auction and is expected to sell for somewhere in the region of £2,000, however experts have said that it is likely to be “undrinkable”.

408px-Bundesarchiv_Bild_102-13774,_Adolf_Hitler

Dominic Hughes, from McTear’s Auctioneers in Glasgow, told The Daily Mail, said: “The bottle was consigned to us by a Hungarian man whose father had procured it during World War II. The owner’s father was taken as a prisoner of war and when he returned home he was given this bottle by a German soldier. It has been in his family ever since. Hitler commissioned the red wine to be made for his 54th birthday to give as presents to his general staff.

“He was so self-obsessed that he called the wine Führerwein and insisted the label carried a picture of himself on it. The wine was possibly produced in Germany and would not have been amazing when it was bottled, but now it would be completely undrinkable.”

He added: “I think that the bottle is an important historical artefact – it is certainly not a bottle that you would come across very often, if at all.”

A 75cl second bottle of “Führerwein”, made in 1944 and bottled for Hitler’s 55th birthday, is also up for sale, and has an estimated selling price of £600.

 

Hitler shot himself in his underground bunker at the Reich Chancery in Berlin in 1945, days after his 56th birthday.

2 Responses to “Rare Nazi wine to be sold at auction”

  1. Israel says:

    I can’t believe that the auction house wants to be part of it , while those bottles was given to “good soldiers”
    Those wine should not have any stage.

  2. I have been asked to deal with bottles of this wine in the past. Honestly, I find it abhorrent that anyone would profit from this. Needless to say, I refused to have anything to do with the bottles.
    The only place for these bottles in a Holocaust museum, to which they should be donated.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Sales Account Manager

Jascots Wine Merchants
London, UK

Marylebone Sales Manager

Philglas & Swiggot
Marylebone, London, UK

Area Sales Manager

Bon Coeur Fine Wines
North England, UK

Procurement Assistant – Wine

Adnams PLC
Southwold, UK

Account Manager Central London

Speciality Drinks Ltd
London, UK

Brand Ambassador

Speciality Drinks Ltd
London, UK

National Business Development Manager

Speciality Drinks Ltd
London, UK

Marketing Assistant

Hatch Mansfield
Ascot, Berkshire, UK

Marketing Manager

Bancroft Wines
London, UK

Regional Sales Manager – Scotland

Bancroft Wines
London, UK

Sales Manager – London On-Trade

Bancroft Wines
London, UK

Customer Service & Sales Support Executive

Jascots Wine Merchants
London, UK

Market Insight Analyst

Conviviality PLC
London, UK

Technical Manager

Enotria&Coe
Park Royal, London, GB

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 25th August 2017

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

Deadline : 25th August 2017

Global Chardonnay Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st September 2017

The Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st September 2017

Click to view more

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

The Global Organic Masters 2017

The drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Organic Masters

The Drinks Business Awards 2017

Now in its 15th year, the db awards have become the most authoritative, internationally respected badge of achievement in the alcoholic drinks industry.

The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2017

the drinks business Hong Kong announces its first year of The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters.

Click to view more