Monday, December 12, 2016

400,000 bottles destroyed in Italy sabotage

The historic Conte Vistarino winery

From The Telegraph, UK
An act of sparkling wine skullduggery in northern Italy has left Europe with [the equivalent of] 400,000 fewer bottles of bubbly.

Vandals broke into the centuries-old grounds of the Conte Vistarino winery in the middle of the night and drained refrigerated steel tanks where Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and other white varieties from the 2016 harvest were maturing. ...

Employees arrived at work at the winery in the Lombardy hills south of Pavia last week to find the grounds soaked in grape juice and skins. The raid, first reported in the Corriere della Sera on Saturday, wiped out an estimated $532,000 (U.S.) worth of wine at the 2,500-acre estate, where the family has hosted the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Margaret.

The saboteurs did not other damage to the estate and did not steal anything from the property, suggesting it was a deliberate act of spite.
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