General manager David Field is planning a rosé future for The Evesham after finding a valuable wine collection in the cellar of the Worcestershire hotel.
Two bottles of 1914 Hine Grande Champagne Cognac will be auctioned later this month alongside another 100 items unearthed by Mr Field who joined property six months ago.
Lots include a 1900 Vieil armagnac, a 1945 Baron de Signac armagnac and assorted wines, part of a collection built up over 40 years by owner John Jenkinson.
Mr Field told Boutique Hotelier : "I think I’m the first person he’s let in certain parts of the cellar for a long time."
Proceeds from the sale, which is likely to attract particular interest due to the connection to this year’s anniversary of World War I, will go towards a soft refurbishment of the building, parts of which date back to the sixteenth century, said Mr Field.
"We’re planning to buy a couple of settees."