Collection & Shipping

Orders placed before 12 PM EST are generally processed and shipped the following business day. Please allow up to 48 hours for order processing. 

For special shipping requests, i.e. rush orders, international shipping, shipment of original wood cases, etc., please call (212)894-1990. 


In-Store Pick-Up
Clients may collect wines from our retail store. Please select “In Store Pickup” at checkout.

Orders will generally be available for pick-up the following business day, but processing may take up to 48 hours. Please specify date of collection at checkout.

Orders must be collected within 48 hours of specified collection date with no exceptions, after which time the wines will be transferred to our warehouse and we reserve the right to assess a $50 transfer fee, or cancel the order at our discretion.




FedEx/UPS Ground

FedEx/UPS Express

Manhattan (Below 125th Street)

Free if $175 or more

Free if $175 or more

Quoted at check out

NY (Outside of Manhattan)


Free if $175 or more

Quoted at check out



Free if $175 or more

Quoted at check out

New York State
For purchases under $175, there is a $35 van delivery fee per delivery address. 

Sotheby's Wine offers Free Ground Shipping via FedEx or UPS at our discretion for all orders over $175. Please allow up 1-7 business days for delivery*. 

Other FedEx or UPS services are also available for all orders. Shipping rates will be provided at checkout.

For same day delivery, please contact our store at (212-894-1990). Courier service may be available for same-day, depending on availability of bottles and at a shipping fee of $100 for the first case, and $10 per additional case.

Orders placed before 12 PM EST for delivery in Manhattan will generally be processed and shipped the following business day.  Special delivery instructions should be made when placing your order.

*FedEx or UPS will make three delivery attempts before returning the package to Sotheby's Wine. Additional charges may apply for re-delivery.​

In New York State (Outside Manhattan)
Sotheby's Wine offers Free Ground Shipping via FedEx or UPS at our discretion for orders over $175. Please allow up 1-7 business days for delivery*. 

Other FedEx or UPS services are also available within New York State. Shipping rates will be provided at checkout.

*FedEx or UPS will make three delivery attempts before returning the package to Sotheby's Wine. Additional charges may apply for re-delivery.

Interstate shipping
Sotheby's Wine may ship to states that allow direct retailer shipments and where Sotheby’s Wine has appropriate permits. We currently ship to Connecticut, California, Florida, New Hampshire, Oregon and Washington DC and may be expanding the number of states in the future. By requesting that your purchase be shipped to one of these states, you authorize Sotheby's Wine to engage a common carrier to deliver your wine on your behalf. Most have restrictions on the amount of wine that can be shipped, while some states prohibit alcohol shipments altogether, and we urge you to investigate your state's regulations before purchasing wine from the site.

If your state does not allow direct retailer shipments, we will be unable to ship your purchase. Please contact our shipping team to discuss the options that are available. Sotheby's Wine makes no representation to the legal rights of anyone to ship or import alcoholic beverages into any state.

All purchases, including shipping, tax, and any additional charges must be paid for in full prior to delivery.  Our acknowledgment of an order is not a guarantee that we will ultimately be able to ship wine to you. If we are unable to ship wine to the state you request, we will notify you.

Connecticut  (Permit #: LOR.0000025)
Sotheby's Wine has a permit to ship up to five gallons (or about 25 bottles) of wine per person per every two months, and we collect applicable sales tax.  Please note that we may not be able to ship some brands to Connecticut.

New Hampshire
Sotheby's Wine has a permit to ship up to sixty bottles of wine per client address per year, and we are obliged to collect an 8% fee on all wine purchases shipped into the state of New Hampshire.

Sotheby's Wine has a permit to ship up to two 9-liter cases of wine per resident per month.

Estimated Shipping Rates
Estimated shipping rates are provided at checkout based on shipping address, shipping method, number of bottles/cases and their respective weights. We will send you an order confirmation which includes actual shipping charges and shipment tracking number.  All orders for delivery outside of Manhattan will be repacked in shipping containers to protect your wines while in transit.  Our shipping rates include the cost of packing materials.

International Orders
We do not currently offer international shipping due to international laws and restrictions.

Sales Tax
New York, Connecticut, Florida, Washington D.C. and California sales tax is charged on all purchases picked up in New York or delivered to New York, Connecticut, Florida, Washington D.C. and California, regardless of the state or country in which the purchaser resides or does business, unless Sotheby's Wine has been given, in advance of the release of the property, a valid exemption from taxes by the State of New York.

Property Management Fee
A Property Management fee is charged at a rate of 1.5% of the purchase price for all domestic shipments, and 2.5% of the purchase price for all international shipments, and covers any loss due to breakage or theft that may occur while your order is in the possession of a common carrier. It does not cover damage resulting from extreme hot or cold temperatures during transit.

If you opt to decline coverage this releases Sotheby's Wine of all liability associated with breakage or loss that may occur to your order during shipment.

If you have opted for property management coverage and you receive purchased property that has been broken during transit, you must notify Sotheby's Wine immediately.  In the event of non-arrival, you must inform Sotheby's Wine in writing within three days of expected delivery so that we may process your claim.

Legal age requirement
Wines and other alcoholic beverages may be sold and delivered only to persons over the age of 21. By ordering from this website, you affirm that you are at least 21 years old.  All first time purchasers will be asked to provide a copy of a valid form of identification to be faxed or emailed to us for our records.  All alcoholic beverages that we ship on your behalf must be received and signed for by an adult 21 years old. If the wine is returned to us for failure to provide positive proof of age, the client is responsible for paying all related shipping charges.

Unfavorable Weather Conditions
Shipping fine and rare wine requires special care. Shipping during periods of extreme heat or cold can damage wine.  We encourage you to select FedEx Overnight or FedEx 2Day as your shipping method during the winter or summer months, in order to reduce the likelihood of weather-related damage to your wine. In winter and summer we generally do not ship Thursdays or Fridays, unless Thursday orders for overnight service, since carriers hold shipments over the weekends in their warehouses, where storage conditions may not be ideal.  During periods of extreme heat or cold, we will contact you with the following options for processing orders over $1,000.00:

  • Upgrade to FedEx overnight service at an additional cost.
  • Waive any liability against loss or damage by signing a form. (If you choose to ship during extreme weather conditions you assume all responsibility for possible weather-related damage)
  • Temporarily hold your wines in our temperature controlled warehouse for up to 180 days at no additional charge.

Original Wooden Cases (owc)
If wines are packaged in original wooden cases and purchased in case quantities, the owc will be available for shipping via FedEx at the buyer’s expense. There will be no extra charge for the owc, but shipping costs vary according to shipping method, weight, and destination. For van delivery, store pickup, or courier orders, if the bottles are packaged in owc and purchased in case quantities, they will remain in owc for delivery or pickup. 

May 2020