The auctions will be held 3 April in Hong Kong and 26 April in New York through the Sotheby’s auction house. 8,807 bottles will be on sale, all of which come from the cellar of the former three-star Michelin restaurant.

The collection was created by Adrià’s business partner Juli Somler. The cellar includes full cases of bottles and magnums of Chateau Latour 2005 and three bottles of Domaine de la Romanèe Conti, Romanèe Conti 1990, which have a pre-sale estimate up to $47,500 (£29,670).

Also included in the lot are 2,000 bottles of Spanish wine, including six vintages of Vega Sicilia “Unico” from 1987 to 1996, and 415 bottles of Chateau de Beaucastel.

Adria was head chef at the elBulli restaurant for 27 years, working his magic in the Catalonian kitchen. The restaurant was closed down last year and the elBulli foundation will be replacing it next year. The ‘creativity centre’ will be offering development programmes to budding chefs and seeks to develop gastronomy to new levels.Some of the wines in the sale

12 bottles of Domaine de la Grange des Peres Rouge 2001, est. $600 – 800
6 magnums of Domaine Cheze St. Joseph Cuvée Prestige de Caroline 1999, est. $50 – 100
12 bottles of Les Laquets Cahors 2000, est. $200-300
6 magnums of Lucien Le Moine Hospices de Beaune Corton Vergennes Cuvée Paul Chanson 2005est. $1200 – 1600
70 bottles of Silex and Pur Sang from the late Didier Dagueneau
28 bottles of Montrachet from DRC from 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004
Thirteen vintages of Château de Beaucastel Rouge from 1983-2004 featuring bottles, magnums, and Jeroboams

By Tom Whitehead