Wine industry’s shift to digital poised to put Canada on the Fine Wine Auction map in 2021 commercial platform provides wine collectors access to rare vintages and a point of entry for new, energized buyers

March 4, 2021 [Calgary, Alta.]: The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated a digital shift for the fine wine auction industry, with international auction houses reporting strong online sales results in 2020 marked by new buyers driving significant growth. Until now, Canada hasn’t registered on the fine wine auction map, but with the launch of Canada’s first national fine wine auction by Iron Gate Auctions, Canadians will finally gain broader access to vintage wine and rare spirits from collections for sale in Canada. 

“Historically, live auctions have held a rarefied image and attracted an exclusive wine buying pool,” says Warren Porter, Founder and President of “With the advent of online auctions in Canada, a broader audience of collectors and first-time buyers have the chance to find vintage wines rarely available in Canada.” 

Porter recognizes that wine buyers of all stripes, whether new or seasoned, are looking for tips to achieve the best outcomes with their online bids. To help, will host a Demystifying Wine Auctions free webinar on Sunday, March 21 at 8 p.m. E.S.T. / 5 p.m. P.S.T. featuring Stephen Ranger, Canada’s foremost wine auctioneer and Director of Ranger Wine Inc. Participants will learn how an online auction works, get buying strategies for success and hear expert analysis of hot commodities and smart buys before the first online auction opens for bids. Anyone interested in attending this free webinar can register at .

“The most important advice I give to buyers is to do your research and know your budget prior to the auction,” says Porter. “The platform makes the research part easier than ever and with these tools we can help our clients make smart decisions in this new digital environment.”

Building on the successful online charity wine auction business that it launched in November 2020,’s commercial division is based in Calgary, Alberta. The online auction house offers a deep cache of rare, vintage wines meticulously sourced from private collections across Canada.

Canadians can register their name and email address at to receive updates and information and early access to the auction catalogue beginning on March 13. Wines from every region of the world and all price points will be on offer at this inaugural auction, which runs from March 23 at 1 p.m. E.S.T. to March 30 between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. E.S.T. Some rare wines for sale include:

  • An assortment case of 2004 Domaine de la Romanée Conti including 95-point rated Romanée Conti 
  • 1998 and 1999 DRC La Tâche, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, Richebourg and Romanée St-Vivant
  • 2017 and 2014 DRC La Tâche
  • Excellent vintages of red and white Burgundy from Meo-Camuzet, Comte du Vogue, Georges Roumier and Domaine Leflaive
  • Parcel quantities of First Growth Bordeaux including Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, Chateau Lafite, Chateau Haut Brion, Chateau Cheval Blanc, Petrus and Le Pin
  • Multiple lots of Chateau Mouton Rothschild in many vintages and formats including magnums and double magnums of the 100-point 1986 vintage
  • Excellent variety of Rhone Valley producers including Jean Louis Chave, Guigal, Chateau Rayas and Domaine de Marcoux
  • Spectacular New World gems including magnums of 2009 Penfolds Grange as well as offerings from Harlan Estate, Caymus and large format Dominus.

The auction will also feature multiple lots for collectors at all price ranges and parcel lots for current drinking. All the wines on offer come from exceptional collections and have been impeccably stored. 

“It’s an exciting time for Canadian buyers to embrace the potential of online wine auctions,” says Porter. “The relatively limited movement of private wine collections in Canada to date means that there is huge opportunity right now to find wines with provenance and bottles in fantastic condition. These are great incentives for early adopters to jump in.”  

Interested wine buyers can register at for regular updates and early access to catalogues and information about all upcoming auctions.


  • Catalogue for the inaugural auction will be available for preview beginning on Saturday, March 13
  • Auction opens on March 23 at 1 p.m. E.S.T. and closes on March 30 between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. E.S.T.
  • Bidding is anonymous, simple and secure 
    • Register at with name, phone number and email address
    • Registrants can create their own auction item wish list and make anonymous bids throughout the duration of an auction
    • Bidders will receive email and/or text notifications for bids, outbids and won 
  • Bids can be placed from anywhere across Canada
  • Online auction catalogues can be searched by producer, region and sub-region, vintage and appraisal value
  • The platform features a real-time countdown clock that will track the time remaining in auction down to the second
  • No cost to register and place bids 
  • Successful bids will be charged a 17.5% buyers’ premium, well below the auction industry standard of 20% to 22.5%. Purchases are also subject to a 5% sales tax, the lowest in Canada and another benefit of hosting in Alberta
  • Once the auction closes and purchase are finalized, transfers title to each successful bidder at which point they are contacted by a shipping company who will make arrangements on the bidder’s behalf

More information: Demystifying Wine Auctions free webinar

Join Canada’s foremost wine auctioneer, Stephen Ranger, Director of Ranger Wine Inc., for a rare opportunity to learn how an online wine auction works, get wine buying strategies and hear expert analysis of hot commodities and smart buys before the inaugural wine auction opens for bids. This free, one-hour webinar is designed to help all interested wine buyers, from new to seasoned wine collectors, to achieve the best possible outcomes with their online bids.

  • Date: Sunday, March 21
  • Time: 8 p.m. E.S.T. / 7 p.m. Central / 6 p.m. M.T. / 5 p.m. P.S.T.
  • Register for this free, one-hour webinar at
  • Please note: webinar attendees are not obligated to place bids in the auction

About Iron Gate – Private Wine Management

Founded in 2004, Iron Gate Private Wine Management offers fine wine collection management, off-site wine storage, cellar and wine appraisals, traditional and virtual wine auction services both commercially and for registered charities via, an Alberta corporation. In 2017, Iron Gate launched IronGate.Wine, a U.S.-based online wine retailer offering Canadian wine collectors access to sell on the secondary wine retail market in the U.S. 

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Megan McDonald
Senior Client Manager
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