Vandals dump millions worth of limited-edition Italian wine
A woman tastes one of southern Italy's full-bodied red wines, near Guagnano, in Puglia. (Pier Paolo Cito / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2012 2:02PM EST
ROME -- Suspected vandals have dumped almost the entire 2007-2012 production of one of Italy's most sought-after wines -- the limited edition Soldera Brunello di Montalcino.
Giuseppe Soldera, owner of the Tuscan vineyard, said Tuesday that the vandals broke into his Case Basse cantina between Sunday night and Monday morning, opened the spigots on the vats and fled. They didn't take a single bottle.
He estimated the loss of the 62,600 litres of prized Sangiovese at several million euros. A bottle of Soldera's 2006 Brunello reserve starts at 180 euros ($235) on the market. That's a markup from the C110 he sells them for.
Soldera said only "a little bit" remained of the production, and he wasn't sure what he would do with it. Police had no suspects.