The Wine Cellars at Waddesdon were created in 1994 to celebrate the association of the Rothschild family with some of the finest wines in the world for more than 100 years.
These atmospheric rooms store a historical collection of more than 15,000 bottles, the largest collection of Rothschild wine in the world. They are modelled on the private cellars at Château Lafite Rothschild.
The vaults contain historic collections of Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild as well as wines from other properties owned by the two companies. New vintages are added every year. Such fine wines will have a long lifespan, needing as long as five or seven years to develop. Wine from exceptional vintages can be enjoyed for up to 100 years.
Over the years a collection of works of art related to wine has been assembled such as the lead figure of Bacchus, god of wine, by John Cheere from about 1740.
Also on display are some of the designs for Mouton Rothschild wine labels. Baron Philippe established the custom of inviting an important contemporary artist to design the label for each year’s Mouton vintage. In 2004, the artist was HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, to mark the centenary of the Entente Cordiale between the two nations.
You can visit the Wine Cellars as part of your grounds ticket admission to Waddesdon.
We also run daily talks when the house is open at 11.30am and 2pm.
Have the history of Rothschilds and their wines brought to life in this free 20-minute talk conducted by our expert house guides. You will be taken on a journey through the history of over 15,000 bottles of historic wines in the cellars dating back to 1868.
Explore the cellars afterwards and our guides remain on hand to answer your questions.