Mum shocked after finding out what bottle of wine won at school fair for 50p is really worth

A mum was left surprised after finding out the true worth of a bottle of wine she had won in a 50p tombola. Kerry Carty, 33, was at her six-year-old daughter’s Madeline’s school fair when she won the prize.

Kerry had planned to give the bottle to her gran for Christmas. Out of curiosity she decided to google the name of the wine.

Her research found that the wine was in fact quite rare and could potentially be worth hundreds of pounds. It was a 1982 Château Cos d’Estournel, Saint-Estèphe, with some bottles going for up to £400, the Liverpool ECHO reports.

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Kerry then decided to sell the bottle. She put it up for auction on site Bid for Wine, where it was eventually sold for £185 after 16 bids.

Kerry, from Stockport, said: “I don’t know anything about wine. I’m not a wine drinker and I’ve never drunk it as it gives me headaches. But I only paid 50p for a tombola ticket – so to get £185 is amazing to me.”

The wine ended up being bought for £185
The wine ended up being bought for £185
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After her success, Kerry is encouraging others to investigate their wine racks in case other valuable bottles are hiding in plain sight.

She added: “I’m assuming it’s come from someone like me who’s been gifted this bottle of wine and just thought it could go to the school. I do feel bad, but as the saying goes, one man’s trash is another one’s treasure.

“From now on I’m going to check, my mum has already checked all her bottles that she has stored! I said to my mum I’d give it to nan for Christmas and had a bottle bag ready.

“But my nan said she was glad I didn’t give it to her as she doesn’t drink red wine. I always see people saying ‘check your change, your antiques’ – but I’ve never heard anyone say ‘check your bottles of wine’.

“Times are hard – and if you’ve got a little gold mine in your cupboard then why not.”

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