Top 10 wine thefts

In the wake of the theft of £80,000 worth of wine from a Côte-Rôtie estate, we have rounded up 10 of the most jaw-dropping wine thefts.

wine_cellar_rackLighter than gold and less protected than art, if one was to pursue a life of high glamour crime then wine theft would be the way to go.

But while you may think that it would be easy to walk out of shop with a $20,000 bottle tucked in your trousers – be warned. As our line-up shows, it is not all high stakes rewards, from the perils of celebrity shoplifting to the consequences of drinking Prince Charles’ cheap wine.

3 Responses to “Top 10 wine thefts”

  1. Can add two Scandinavians to that:

    Thieves stole an entire collection of all vintages of the premier grand cru chateau from a restaurant in Stockholm
    http://ulriksdalswardshus.se/
    http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/487009/undrinkable-record-collection-of-bordeaux-stolen

    And:

    Top-ranking Swedish politician caught shoplifting whisky (OK, that’s not quite wine, but still):
    http://www.thelocal.se/20140205/stockholm-politician-caught-shoplifting-liquor-from-systembolaget

  2. Burgpoodle says:

    Here’s one, too. During the 2013 harvest a grower in Burgundy had several barrels worth of his grapes “stolen” on the vine by a neighbouring vigneron, who it can only be assumed, mistakenly harvested the vines along with his own (!) Of course the latter denied any knowledge of the “theft”, leaving the desperately unfortunate grower with no course of action. Since there was no evidence, the gendarmerie could not help either and whilst insurance would have covered the loss of harvested grapes or wine, theft of grapes whilst still on the vine are not covered. All the more distressing as the vanishing grapes would have made several barrels of Grand Cru Burgundy…

  3. Dg Blackburn says:

    I really like your digital media but what I don’t like is your format of always having to click to the next page. Can you please just add , view as a single option…
    Merry Christmas

    Dg

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