He has filed a complaint against the companionship at the Supreme Court of South Australia in Adelaide.
The contents of his wine cellar were worth around $430,000, but have lost $312,000 of their value, according to court documents cited by The Advertiser newspaper.
His case highlights the potential dangers collectors face when seeking a excellent place to store their wines.
See Decanter.com’s guide to wine storage
Raptis’ cellar built-in some of the world’s most sought after wines, including Penfolds Grange and the 2004 vintage of Penfolds Bin 60A. It also built-in Bordeaux first growths Mouton Rothschild,
According to The Advertiser, the case was with the insurers and was due to return to court in October this year.
Regulating humidity levels can help wine to age for longer. If humidity is too low then there is a chance that corks will dry out.
But, in the reported case of Raptis, the problem was the opposite. Humidity and warmth levels became too high, with reports that water could be seen leaking out from the cellar.
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