Wine-lover Sir Alex Ferguson fetched over £2.2m flogging bottles

Sir Alex Ferguson’s wealth has not just stemmed through his incredible career as a football manager – but also from his vast wine collection.

The former Manchester United boss spoke to a wine publication, Decanter, in 2014, where he admitted that he had some 800 bottles in his garage, while he had made a pretty penny off the alcoholic beverage too.

He said: “At first, I was buying all the recommendations, but they weren’t really making money.

“So, around 2000 I concentrated all my money on big stuff, like Petrus, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Lynch-Bages and Lafite-Rothschild.”

The Scots sold a large amount in 2014, and he reaped some £2.2 million at auction for it, according to The Athletic.

In his interview with Decanter, the 79-year-old spoke about his time navigating wines at rival Premier League clubs. In the football world. He told Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that the London club’s wines were ‘paint-stripper’.

On Jose Mourinho, he said: “José promised me Barca Velha and brought something different. I gave him stick for it, so the next time he brought Barca Velha. It was stupid, but he’s fine.”

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In the United dressing room, it was only the older players who were allowed to have the occasional glass after a game. Young ones were not allowed. “They wouldn’t have dared ask for a glass of wine,” Ferguson explained.

“I wasn’t a drinker, really. When I went full-time into football I didn’t drink.

“When I got older, I used to take a sweet Sherry. That was my drink when I was about 30, and then I started taking a glass of red wine at about 32.

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“And then things progress. When I went to Aberdeen [in 1978], I developed a more discerning taste in red wine. Then you progress to the level where I am now, to meeting this chap in Montpellier.

“I’ve got a lot of Bâtard-Montrachet at home but it never gets used.

"If I was at a big dinner I wouldn’t refuse it, but I find a lot of white wine too acidic. And, of course, Pétrus. But that’s a wee bit expensive.”

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