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Vintage port smashes price estimates at auction

Hansons Auctioneers’ wines and spirits expert John Keightley with the ancient port. Credit: Mark Laban/Hansons

Some of the oldest bottles of port in the world, discovered in the cellars of an English country house, have smashed their estimated prices at auction.

Two 146-year-old vintage bottles went under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire today (September 25).

They were found in the cellar of the Manor House in Bredon in Gloucestershire.

Their original estimate was £70-£100 per bottle but they sold for £370 and £400 each.

The port, which dates back to 1871, was made when Queen Victoria was on the throne. William Gladstone was the prime minister at the time.

Port is produced in the Douro region of Portugal, the third oldest protected wine region in the world.

The drink became popular in England in the early 1700s and is produced from grapes.