How to Buy Wine & Spirits

Buying Wine & Spirits at Waddington’s

Waddington’s under the authority of the LCBO offers auctions of fine wines and spirits, which augment our seasonal series of fine art and decorative auctions, various unique collector and benefit auctions, and regular online auctions across all our specialty areas.

We’re pleased to provide our expertise on all aspects of wine and spirits collection including managing your cellar, advice on storage and insurance coverage. Please Contact Us.

Find out about our upcoming auctions and events by signing up for our email notifications and regularly visiting our website. We’ll be hosting seminars, tastings and events throughout our auction season where you’ll have the opportunity to meet our specialists, and discover how we can help build, maintain or downsize your collection. Subscribe to Waddington’s email lists.

*For our international buyers, please be aware of any limitations or restrictions on the amount or quantity of alcoholic beverages that can be legally brought into your home jurisdiction, as well as any associated permits or licenses.

Conditions of Sale


Waddington’s charges a 20% buyer’s premium on the hammer price. Buyer’s premium and applicable taxes are added to the hammer price. Taxes are exempt for any items that are directly shipped from our premises out of Canada; the buyer is required to pay taxes as per the tax status of that province. Buyer’s premium is applied on a per lot basis.


You must register before bidding at any of our auctions; it’s quick and easy.

Registration for our online auctions is completed through our website. Once registered, you will be assigned a bidding number for an online auction when you log into your account. You only need to register once to participate in all of our online auctions. Click here to Register.


Waddington’s provides a convenient and secure platform for bidding in our online auctions.

Place online bids anytime up to the noted end time for the desired lot. If a bid is received in the final five minutes of the auction, the countdown clock is reset an additional five minutes, until no further bids are received. You can leave absentee bids by entering the maximum amount you would like to bid up to. The software will bid on your behalf up to that amount.

Register for online auctions.


Payment for purchases must be made within 48 hours of the auction. We accept payment by electronic transfer (fee applies), VISA or Mastercard (up to $25,000), or bank draft. All electronic payments must be made in advance of arrival, no payments are accepted onsite due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Pick Up and Delivery of Purchased Items – UPDATED March 8, 2021

Pick Up

Clients can book pick up appointments for their purchased wine or spirits from Waddington’s, at 275 King Street East, Toronto. All pick up times are booked through Waddington’s automated Scheduler, and include a 48-hour business day notice period prior to pick-up.

Pick up hours are between 9:10 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Please bring a copy of your paid invoice as proof of payment. As all persons receiving wine must be 19 years of age or older, photo identification may also be requested.

Items purchased and not picked up after 30 days following the auction will incur storage fees at $4.00 per lot per month.


For delivery or courier services across Canada, please contact Mark Renshaw at Xpeditr, (844) 809-8785 ext 304 ([email protected]) to arrange for shipment of your wine. Xpeditr is the leading wine transport company in North America, offering door to door white glove residential handling and logistics for both private and commercial wine clients with temperature controlled options. Xpeditr staff is dedicated to trust, confidentiality and integrity with one point of contact. Clients are responsible for any duties, taxes, shipping or other charge associated with shipping arrangements.

For general delivery options, please contact:

[email protected]

Safer Shipping Inc. (Formerly Envoy)
Attn: Perry Hehn
416 299 3367
[email protected]


Clients are responsible for any duties, taxes, shipping or other charges associated with shipping arrangements.

Certain states or other countries may impose limitations on the amount of and quantity of alcoholic beverages that can be legally brought into their jurisdiction. Waddington’s is not responsible for obtaining shipping permits or licenses and advise our clients to investigate any possible limitations imposed by their local region.



All wine and spirits consigned to our auctions are stored in a protected environment which meets the best standards of storage conditions, approved by the LCBO.

For more information about our Fine Wine & Spirits auctions: click here.