Giant boulder rips through vineyard29th January, 2014 by Lauren May
An Italian vineyard and 300-year old building have been left in tatters after a giant boulder crashed down a mountainside and smashed right through them.
Dramatic imagery shows the extent of the damage following the landslide on 21 January in Tramin-an-der-Weinstrasse, in Alto Adige in northern Italy – a German speaking part of the country.
According to reports on suedtirolnews.it, three giant boulders broke away from the cliff sending 4,000 cubic metres of rock ploughing into the 300-year old building and its vineyard.
A business building and part of the vineyard was flattened but miraculously no-one was injured.
The main house, owned by the Servite Order of the Catholic Church, was spared more damage after a second boulder stopped just meters from the main house.
The area has since been evacuated as geologists fear that a further 500 to 600 cubic meters of rock could still topple into the valley.
State geologist, David Toni Dandl, said: “A rock tower has dissolved and a residual rock is still unstable, as it greatly narrows the foot and makes an unstable impression. There are still too many loose boulders at present.”
Damage to property, according to a first estimate of the estate by manager Baron Philipp von Hohenbühel, will undoubtedly run into millions of euros.