Nazi wine stash discovered in secret cellar

A collection of Nazi-era German wines has reportedly been discovered in a secret cellar in Russia after a construction worker fell through the floor of the house he was repairing.

An example of Nazi-era German Riesling (Photo: Creative Commons)

An example of Nazi-era German Riesling (Photo: Creative Commons)

The cache of German wines dating from the Second World War, each complete with Third Reich emblems and swastikas on their labels, were apparently discovered by builders in the town of Tananrog, near Russia’s southern border with Ukraine.

An unspecific report on Sputnik News, a pro-Russian news agency, claims the workers called friends inviting them to join the group to drink some of the 70-year-old collection, which also included German Schnapps and spirits.

“As a top wine taster I have to tell you that the wine, rum and brandy are in in perfect shape and ready for consumption”, Igor Tretyakov, a friend of the workers, reportedly said.

Mr Tretyakov, who is also head of the “Final Trace of the War”, a group whose relatives fought for Russia in WWII, continued: “Looks like the Krauts completely forgot about all this wine as they took to their heels running for their life”.

He pledged to “destroy” the wines in the same way as some of the construction workers had already “destroyed” some bottles – by drinking them – on Victory Day, the Russian national holiday on 9 May that commemorates the end of WWII.

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