Grape Bandits Strip Vineyard
Award-winning German winegrower ruined
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2011 1:38 AM CDT
"We are suffering spiritually, not just financially, over this loss," winegrower Stephen Attmann.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – An award-winning German winegrower has lost his crop of grapes to a band of brazen thieves just before harvest time. Almost three tons of high-quality red grapes destined to become wine were stolen overnight by bandits who brought their own harvest machine, reports Der Spiegel. Wine experts believe the theft was carried out by a desperate winegrower who lost his own crop to frost or hail, and the culprit will be found when a winemaker not known for quality produces a superb product this year.