This Vint Review will help you learn more about Vint's investment offerings, including how the alternative investments on Vint are structured, and what your potential returns might be. You can read more about the criteria we use to review investment platforms here.
Vint is a platform that offers fractional investments in collections of fine wine, and is open to all investors. Vint was founded in 2019 by Nick King, a former associate analyst at wine investment firm TSW.
Through its advisory board of wine experts, Vint selects investment-grade collections of wine, and stores them in bonded and insured facilities on behalf of investors.
Is Vint legit?
Yes, Vint is “legit” in the sense that it is a legitimate US business offering a legitimate alternative investment option to any US-based investor over the age of 18. Fine wine is a legitimate alternative investment asset class, and there is ample historical price and performance data available.
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Types of investments Vint offers
When you invest on Vint, you’re investing in fractional ownership of a specific collection of fine wine. Vint releases new collections for investment approximately every 2 weeks. Collections are selected and reviewed by an advisory board comprising fine wine experts and experienced wine investors. The total value of each collection is typically between $30K-$200K.
What do you get when investing with Vint?
When you invest with Vint, you receive a membership interest in an LLC, which is what actually owns the underlying collectible. Prospective investors should note that the LLC owns multiple items, rather than the more typical arrangement of a separate LLC (or other special-purpose entity) for each offering. Investors should review the offering documents in full to be sure they understand how the offering they’re investing in relates to other items (series’) owned by the LLC. Each series is treated as its own separate legal entity, similar to a company subsidiary.
How does Vint make money?
According to Vint, they charge a 0-15% “sourcing fee”. Notably Vint also purchases at least 0.5% and up to 19.99% of each offering themselves, at the same price it’s offered to shareholders.
Potential returns and cashflow
The primary gains from an investment on Vint are expected from sale of the wine collection, following a planned hold time of 3-7 years.
While cash-flow isn’t explicitly part of an investment with Vint, they do indicate that if there is an opportunity to generate revenue from a particular collection, that any profit generated will be distributed to shareholders.
There is currently no secondary trading market available for shares in a Vint wine investment collection, but the company says they intend to offer one in the future.
Breadth of offerings on Vint
According to Vint, their investment committee first identifies wine investment themes, and then identifies specific collections matching those themes that they expect to increase in value over time. Vint says they use a proprietary data set as well as other analysis when selecting wine collections for investment.
For each collection, Vint publishes a thesis document (here’s an example) with a brief explanation of why the collection was chosen, as well as detailing the bottles included in the collection.
Regulatory framework and due diligence expectations
Investments on Vint are offered through SEC Regulation A+, “Tier 2”. Reg A+ offerings must be registered with the SEC, including detailed offering circulars, and offering firms are subject to a number of financial disclosure requirements.
This review was first published on 28 January 2022.