Top 5 most expensive wines ever sold

Top 5 Most Expensive Wines Ever Sold

By: Amanda Kabbabe/Gillian Pensavalle

In honor of National Wine Day, we ought to celebrate some quality vino.

While a box of wine may have been your first go-to for Merlot, it's time to acknowledge bottles on the other side of the spectrum.

Five of the most expensive bottles of wine ever, that is.

5. A bottle of Chateau Margaux from 1875 will run you a cool $225,000.

At least, that's what insurance paid a wine merchant when he dropped a bottle that was owned by Thomas Jefferson. The merchant tried to get about $500,000.

4. An 1869 Chateau Lafite is worth $232,692. It's worth was originally estimated at around $8,000, but a bidding war at an auction led to sell for nearly 30 times more.

3. A bottle of 1907 Heidsieck also ranks on this list, valued at $275,000. More than 1,000 bottles were discovered under a Swedish freighter which was sunk by a German U-boat in WW1.

2. A 1947 Cheval Blanc is worth $304,000, but that's not even the highest priced bottle on this list.

1. The most expensive bottle of wine is a 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet valued at $500,000. The extremely rare bottle contains about six liters, and, fortunately, all the money from the purchase went to charity.

For reference, with that amount of money, you could buy about 25,000 boxes of the cheap stuff.

Click through the gallery below to learn more about different types of wine and where they come from:

Types of wine and where they come from
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Top 5 most expensive wines ever sold

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes originated in France. 

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The earliest known use of the Merlot grape was in France. It is now the most widely planted red wine grape in the world. 

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Pinot noir grapes are most often associated with France. 

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While Chardonnay's origin is in France, the grapes are now grown worldwide. 

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Moscato is made from the Muscat grape which originated in Italy. 

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Pinot grigio is an Italian creation from the Pinot gris grape. 

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Malbec is a celebrated Argentinian wine. 

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The French Sauvignon blanc grapes are grown worldwide, especially in France, Chile, Australia, South Africa and California. 

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Shiraz is blended from the DNA of various French grapes.

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Gewurztraminer grapes originate in Germany and flourish in colder climates. 

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Riesling grapes originated in Germany's Rhine region. 

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Zinfandel grapes have similar DNA to several Croatian grapes, and are grown heavily in California. 

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