The world’s biggest deliberate wine destructions

French target Spanish tanks

Credit: La Revue du vin de France

As we reported last year, angry French winemakers emptied as many as five tanks filled with Spanish wine onto a motorway in protest against increasing imports into the country.

The incident unfolded less that 10 miles from the Spanish border on April 4, when around 150 winegrowers from the southern departments of Aude and Pyrénées Orientales seized upon a number of tankers travelling into France, draining their loads onto the tarmac.

With five tankers targeted, some 70,000 litres of wine spilled onto the motorway.

Frédéric Rouanet, president of the winegrowers of Aude, claimed that 28,000 trucks filled with wine had arrived in France from Spain in 2015, with bulk shipping allowing the wine to be sold cheaper. Protesters also claimed the provenance of wines entering France in tankers are not being verified and that the Spanish wine is has not been produced in accordance with European regulations. Graffiti was scrawled on the side of Spanish trucks which read “wine not compliant”.

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