Italian Police Seize 4,000 Bottles of Counterfeit ‘Super Tuscan’ Wine | World news


Italian police have seized more than 4,000 counterfeit bottles of a prestigious ‘super Tuscan’ wine, which can cost up to € 360 (£ 325) a bottle.The operation, called Bad Tuscan, led to the arrest of two people with 11 others under investigation for allegedly counterfeiting one of the legendary red wines, Bolgheri Sassicaia by Tenuta San Guido.

Investigators said the counterfeit wine originated in Sicily, while the bottles came from Turkey and the labels and wooden boxes came from Bulgaria. The operation resulted in the confiscation of 700 cases of wine for a total of 4,200 bottles. The 2010 and 2015 vintages, celebrated by Italian and international critics, were the most common among counterfeits.

The wine that was seized. Photography: Guardia di Finanza, Florence

“The investigation began by chance when two members of the Guardia di Finanza [financial police], came across a case of fake wine in a street in Empoli, Tuscany, which had probably fallen from a truck, ”said Giuseppe Creazzo, Attorney General of Florence, at a press conference.

“In the case, there was a note with two cell phone numbers, which sparked the investigation and led to the arrest of two people who had committed this fraud with meticulous care. Fortunately, we have managed to block the sale of this wine, one of the best known in Italy and the world, on the international market.

According to investigators, several customers, including some from China, Korea and Russia, had already ordered around 1,000 cases at about 70% less than the cost of the original.


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