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Vineyard explosion creates 50,000 litre red wine river in South Africa

A “traumatic” explosion at Darling Cellars winery in South Africa has lead to a 50,000 litre red wine river overflowing in the Western Cape region. 

Red wine river in Western Cape region, South Africa
Credit: Twitter/Lukas Bryan

According to multiple news reports, the incident occurred after a stand supporting the tank holding some 50,000 litres of red wine failed. The incident allegedly lead to multiple wine tanks subsequently collapsing and a considerable amount of damage caused to the building.

A video shared by Twitter user Lukas Byron appears to show a chaotic scene inside the winery, with red wine spurting into the air with some speed.

Thankfully, it seems that no-one was injured during the unfortunate incident.

Darling Cellars said in a statement:

“We at Darling Cellars had a very traumatic incident on Tuesday 4 May,” noting the wine tank “collapsed when (we suspect) the stand keeping it upright caved in. In the process, it fell onto more tanks leading to a loss of some wine of the new vintage.”

“While the loss of wine is a financial reality, we are glad that no one was injured. In this incident, it could have been so much worse.

“There is no immediate risk to the wine supply and we shall overcome this setback.”

Here’s a video of the river overflowing from the winery:

Earlier this year, an urgent recall was issued on cans of beer over fears that they might explode. You can read the full news story here.

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