Security is of paramount importance to our clients and we take the custodianship of stock very seriously. Atlas offers one of the leading wine storage solutions in the UK for clients based here and also for those living abroad. Click here for cellarage, insurance and delivery charges.
Our In Bond Storage Providers
We store with London City Bond Vinothèque, a state-of-theart fine wine storage facility in Burton-On Trent, which offers optimal conditions and security. Atlas has in-house logistics experts on site to ensure each case is handled with the utmost care and professionalism. We have invested in our own, dedicated photography studio which facilitates a quick turnaround of condition checks and images of higher value cases. While our client reserves are held at LCB Vinothèque, Atlas also holds an account with Vine International. We do so because Vine is owned by Liv-ex, the London International Vintners’ Exchange, and trading wine on the Exchange can be the most efficient route to market. As with Vinothèque, Vine operates to the strictest standards.
Security and Tracking
Atlas’ clients can track their collection with ease. Each case is traceable by its Unique Identity code, which is printed on each case of wine, held in our systems, and visible in your online account on the Atlas website. Both Vinothèque and Vine International recognise the distinction between Atlas’ stock and each clients’ reserves. This crucial detail guarantees that any client can access their reserves without Atlas’ involvement should the need arise. This provides you with the same level of security as if you held a direct contract with the bonded facility. This security measure has been underwritten by an insolvency practitioner (Harrison’s) who confirm these safeguards are sufficient. Our client reserves are audited by an independent team at Vinothèque on a rolling monthly basis so that each case is physically checked at least once a year. In addition to this, Atlas’ auditors (Mazars LLP) sample-audit client reserves on an annual basis.
Cellarage and Insurance
Although cellarage and insurance charges are an ever-increasing cost to many clients storing with other wine merchants, Atlas has fixed its rates until July 2020. These have been set to benefit the growing number of clients who choose to consolidate their reserves with Atlas. We insure each case at full market value, a value which is updated monthly. We calculate cellarage and insurance on a monthly basis and charge quarterly in arrears. We can provide any prospective client with a quotation to consolidate their holdings with Atlas.
Our UK deliveries are outsourced to LCB, who have decades of experience in handling fine wine, and managed by our London office logistics team. Atlas does not seek to make a profit from delivery charges and will simply re-charge at prevailing cost, subject to volume and geographical location. Gift deliveries can be arranged with ease and we can also advise on or arrange international shipments. You can request a delivery by accessing your online account or by contacting any member of the Atlas team.
Consolidating your Reserves
For clients who buy and sell through Atlas, we encourage that they consolidate their reserves into our care. Not only does this provide you with a thorough view of your holdings, but it provides you with the peace of mind that your wines will be stored properly and securely. Should you decide to consolidate, our logistics team will manage the transfer of reserves. We may advise that higher value wines be photographed on arrival and that the condition of the bottles be checked. Once each case is assigned a Unique Identifier code, it will show in your online account with detail including drink dates and market values.