CORONAVIRUS - COVID-19

(page updated 05 April 2021)

HOW IS COVID-19 IMPACTING WINE AUCTIONEER? 

Wine Auctioneer has been regularly monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19.  We are continually working towards establishing and adapting services in line with guidance/advice by the UK/Scottish Governments, while also ensuring that illness and infection do not spread in the workplace between employees or from employees to customers, clients or the public.

Of course, the situation surrounding COVID-19 is changing rapidly and the Scottish Government continues to publish updated approaches along with relevant guidelines/advice for Scottish businesses.  As a result there have been further measures introduced on both a regional and national level. Be assured that that we have contingencies and safety measures in place and we will continue to do so.  With these contingencies and safety measures, coupled with remote working, the vast majority of the services you have come to expect from us will be able to continue, all while ensuring the safety of our staff and customers.

Taking into consideration the recent guidance from the Scottish Government in relation to a mainland Scotland, our offices are only open to those who have booked an appointment in advance AND are travelling from within the Perth and Kinross Local Authority Area.

Planning to send bottles for future auctions? We have a range of support options for getting bottles to us - including contactless pickup - so please email our Customer Service Team and they will be happy to discuss options.  

We will be updating this page regularly as the situation develops, so please keep checking back.

WILL I BE ABLE TO PICK UP OR DROP OFF BOTTLES AT YOUR OFFICES? 

There are still travel restrictions in place across mainland Scotland - therefore, our offices can only be accessed if you have BOTH booked an appointment in advance AND are travelling from within the Perth and Kinross Local Authority Area.  This restriction is due to relax further in the coming weeks - however, even as this occurs, you will need to book an appointment to pick up or drop off bottles.  To ensure the safety of our staff and customers, you will not be served unless you are visiting during your booked appointment time.  There are many ways to get bottles to us, though, so please check our help pages.

 

WILL THE AUCTION SCHEDULE BE AFFECTED?

As an online business, we have set up contingencies and safety measures that will allow us to conduct our auctions remotely, helping to keep staff and customers safe, while ensuring that our next auctions are still due to take place as scheduled.

Please see here for upcoming auction dates and bottle entry deadlines.

 

CAN I GET BOTTLES TO YOU?  WHAT ABOUT BOTTLE PICKUP CONDUCTED DIRECTLY BY WINE AUCTIONEER?

Absolutely.  We have a range of support options for getting bottles to us so please email our Customer Service Team and they will be happy to discuss options.  We are beginning to conduct in-person, contactless collections as well, so if you are interested in this email our Customer Service Team.

If you have bottles that are already in transit, please get in touch with our Customer Service Team as soon as possible with shipping details.

 

CAN I STORE BOTTLES WITH YOU? 

Definitely and this is a great way to keep your bottles safe and secure during this time of uncertainty. You can find out more information here.

 

I RECENTLY SENT BOTTLES TO YOU, WHEN WILL THEY BE SOLD?

Click to see future auction dates and bottle submission cut-off dates.

Currently we ask that you contact our Customer Service Team before sending bottles to our offices, if you have not done this but have bottles currently in transit please get in touch with our Customer Service Team as soon as possible with shipping details.

We are still planning our future auctions as per the upcoming auction schedule, so if bottles arrive after the cut-off for the next available auction they will be listed as you have requested in the following one. If developments require us to review the schedule of regular auctions, then we will be in touch with you as soon as possible to inform you and advise you on next steps. Until that time, your bottles remain safely and securely stored with us.

 

ARE THERE ANY CHANGES TO SHIPPING AND COURIER DELIVERIES/PICK-UP?

If you are looking to use a courier to get your bottles to us, please email our Customer Service Team to discuss available options, including contactless collections.

For information, please find links to service update pages for DHL and DPD below, for any other courier used, please contact them directly for updates.

DHL: https://www.dhlparcel.co.uk/en/business-users/help-centre/live-service-updates.html

DPD: https://www.dpd.co.uk/content/products_services/service_updates.jsp

For any other courier used, please contact them directly for further information.

We thank you for your patience as the situation surrounding shipping is changing almost daily - we appreciate your understanding that we will try to keep you up-to-date on anything that will change in relation to shipping, such as any additional delays beyond what we have already highlighted or additional costs that have been imposed by courier services.

 

WHAT ABOUT YOUR OTHER SERVICES?

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we have worked hard to keep you informed of any impacts on services that we provide - we have endeavoured to keep services as close to normal as possible, while also ensuring the safety of customers and staff.

This will be primarily through our website and e-newsletters, but also announcements made on social media where relevant (make sure that you are signed up to receive the e-newsletter either on your account settings or through the sign-up form below).

We will continue to promote bottles in our auctions as we normally do to our global audience of wine enthusiasts and collectors.

We will continue to provide the strong customer services that you have come to expect from us and be as responsive as possible if you have a question.

We will continue to develop improvements to our website, making researching, tracking, selling and bidding on bottles as easy as possible. For example, we have recently launched a new and improved ‘Help’ section of the site to support our new and existing customers.

Contact Us

Wine Auctioneer Ltd
West Building
Ruthvenfield Grove
Inveralmond Industrial Estate
Perth
United Kingdom
PH1 3FN

Tel: 01738 245576