Welcome to WVA Whisky Auctions

How To Bid

Register an Account with WVA its very fast and simple

Click on the “login/Register” on the Homepage and follow the instructions. WVA Whisky Auctions is free to register to new users.

How to buy on WVA

You can view live lots without logging into the site, but to bid you will have to log on. Once logged in you can use the search fields to narrow your search or if you have a particular item in mind. On the mobile version of the site this is the RED TORCH symbol on the left hand side. To bid on an item, click on the bottle and view the product description and images. Please view the photographs and descriptions carefully (these are for you to inspect). By holding your mouse cursor or tapping the picture on your mobile you can zoom in to the item for more detail. Once you’re happy to proceed you can enter a monetary value in the ‘bid now’ field. By entering a bid you are stating that you are informed and happy with the condition the item is in.  If you place a bid and you are subsequently Outbid an e-mail will be sent to you to inform you. (please check your Junk mail if you are not receiving these)

Bidding on WVA (Important)


WVA does NOT operate with a Auto Bidding System, bids that are entered are entered to the FULL AMOUNT like a real Auction whether over reserve price or if you are already the highest bidder.

Please only enter what you are willing to pay for a lot, Bids will not be changed once they have been entered or at Auction end. (If you have made a crazy mistake then please contact me straight away so I can rectify this for you) you can either put in a higher bid from the start and hope that amount is enough to win the Lot or you can enter smaller amounts each time its up to you.

Either way you will be sent an email immediately if you are outbid (please check junk/spam box if you do not receive this) and be given the opportunity to increase your bid, this is quick and easy to do as the link will take you straight to your outbid lot to bid again.

PLEASE NOTE :- The “Reserve Not Met” sign is under the bid now box, this will disappear when the reserve has been reached. Also if you make a bid and you are the highest bidder, but the Reserve has still not been met, the system will still tell you “you are the highest bidder” this does not mean you have won the lot. only when the “Reserve not met” disappears will you win the lot.

At Auction end If you do not receive an email to say “you have won the lot” then you have not won that item.

Bid Increments

Bid increments on WVA are done on a Lot by Lot basis, when we receive your bottles we will give them a valuation and depending on what we think the bottle is worth going on sales from other sources and our knowledge, we will set the bid increment.

Please note:- If the Bidding price goes above an estimated value, the bidding increment will stay the same for that lot throughout its auction time Remaining.

Bottles/items/lots estimated to be worth:-

£0.01 – £49.99 will be £2.50 bid increments or multiples thereof

£50.00 – £199.99 will be £5.00 bid increments or multiples thereof

£200.00 – £499.99 will be £10.00 bid increments or multiples thereof

£500.00 – £999.99 will be £15.00 bid increments or multiples thereof

£1000.00 – £2499.99  will be £25.00 bid increments or multiples thereof.

£2500.00 upwards will be £50.00 bid increments or multiples thereof.

WVA Hammer fees

You will be Charged 12% flat commission rate on the hammer price of the lot/s you have won.

Time Extensions

Sniping software is used on this website, If any bids are made during the last FIFTEEN minutes of the Auction then a further FIFTEEN minutes will be added to the timer of that lot. This makes it fair for all parties bidding on an item.

Shipping Charges/ Storage

These Delivery costs are per Delivery not per Bottle. (This means it costs the same to ship one bottle or multiple bottles, The more you win the more you save!

ZONE 1 :- £9.99 uninsured Courier deliveries inside the UK OR £9.99 + 3% of the Hammer Price for Insured Courier Delivery.

ZONE 2 :- £25 uninsured Courier deliveries outside the UK and Inside the EU. OR £25.00 + 3% of the Hammer price for Insured Courier Delivery outside the UK and inside the EU

ZONE 3 :- £75 uninsured Courier deliveries outside the EU OR £75.00 + 3% of the Hammer Price for Insured Courier Delivery outside the EU.

When Checking out to pay for your Bottles the website will default to Shipping costs with Courier Insurance at 3% of the Hammer Price. If you do not wish to Insure your Parcels then Please choose Normal Courier Delivery Option. Insurance is advised.

If lots are shipped and something happens during courier transit WVA will not be held responsible for uninsured items. Items are insured against Breakage and loss not leakage.

Bottle Storage:-

If you wish to store your bottle then this service is provided at checkout with a one off payment of £4. So you can save further on Shipping costs.

USA Shipping :-

Shipping to the USA is done via a highly reputable fully Licensed Broker and all costs include customs fees  to your door. 

As of March 2018 we can now ship to the following states :-

Alaska – California – Connecticut – Delaware – Florida – Idaho – Louisiana – Maine – Maryland – Massachusetts – Nebraska – New Jersey – New Mexico – New York – Oregon – Rhode Island – Texas – Vermont – Virginia – Washington District of Columbia and Wyoming.

Please also note that we cannot deliver to Russia at this time due to Courier Restrictions and local laws.

Paying for your Won Items


At the end of the Auction you will be emailed to inform you of the lots you have won, Please follow the link for payment instructions as per the e-mail. If you don’t receive an e-mail please check your junk/Spam mail.

Also you can log onto the website, go to “your account” below your bidding history is a heading called “My Won Lots” there you will also find a link to “pay now”

Payment for won lots must be made in full within 3 days of Auction end, unless otherwise arranged by the bidder to WVA Whisky Auctions. Failure to do this without prior arrangement will result won lots being relisted.

Payments by Card

Payment is possible by Debit Card or Credit Card online using STRIPE or over the phone or at WVA offices if you’re Local.

Payment by Bank Transfer

Payment can also be made by bank transfer for UK & INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS. Bank transfer details are given during the checkout process.


INTERNATIONAL BANK TRANSFERS from WVA to sellers will incur a £15 charge per transfer.

Shipping of lots

When you have paid for your items we will dispatch them as quickly as possible, usually within 1 week of payment, in the safest bespoke packaging and box fillers for a safe journey to your door, We aim to give a fast delivery service.

Please ensure when your items are delivered they are thoroughly checked, if anything is wrong with the package (Wet, Torn, Squashed, Broken Etc)  then please detail this with the courier/delivery company to aid us in any claims. The bottle neck with the unbroken seal will be required to verify claims. Always retain the package and take photographs.

If lots are shipped and something happens during courier transit WVA will not be held responsible for uninsured items.Items are insured against Breakage and loss not leakage.

If you are not happy with your bottle/s once you have received your package, or you think it may be a forgery or fake (All bottles are thoroughly checked before being aloud onto the Auction) . Please contact me within 10 days so payment can be withheld to the owner and the bottle sent back to us at WVA. After this time money will not be returned.

If you are Local to WVA and wish to come to our premises to collect and pay for your Lot/s then please contact us this will be by strict appointment only.

Please note:- no lots can be collected before 10am due to licensing laws.

Lots will not be shipped without payment.