Siena

Former employee arrested over Brunello winery raid

Taps on barrels and barriques opened in act of 'sabotage'

Former employee arrested over Brunello winery raid

Siena, December 18 - A former winery employee was arrested late on Monday for allegedly raiding a winery in Tuscany's famous Brunello di Montalcino wine-growing area and vandalising around 600 hectolitres of the precious red. A.D., 39, is believed to have acted out of revenge after the owner of the Case Basse estate failed to assign him company lodgings. The winery raid dates to the night of December 2, when the suspect allegedly opened the taps on barrels and barriques allowing the entire production from 2007 to the present to drain away. He now faces charges of sabotage. Case Basse is a 23-hectare estate of which 6.5 hectares are devoted to vine cultivation. ßßßß The winery produces 10,000 bottles of Brunello a year.

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