Gianfranco Soldera's winery Case Basse in Montalcino was sabotaged
today, about 60000 litres of wine were dumped from his barrels and
tanks, effectively destroying the 5 last vintages. Described as
vandalism, but to me it sounds like a premeditated act rather than a
random act of madness.
Thank you for this. Of course my first thought was . .
.extortion/protection so imagine my "surprise" that the only online
article to pop up so far says:
According to a report first published today by WineNews.it and then
reposted by Franco Ziliani, “vandals” destroyed more than 600
hectoliters of Gianfanco Soldera’s wines last night.
After entering the cellar, they simply opened the valves of the
large-format oak casks and let the wine pour out on to the cellar floor.
The report, which was based on Soldera’s own account, states that his
entire production from 2007-2012 was lost.
No other damage or theft was reported.
Observers of the Italian wine industry have already begun to speculate
that this act of vandalism fits the classic model for extortion by
Beyond the extortion possibilities, there is also speculation that this is
retaliation for rumors than Soldera was responsible for reports to authorities
that let to "Brunellogate."
I'd find this story sad even if a modernista, but to me Soldera/Case basse is
THE greatest BdM producer, so this is truly awful/