Disgruntled Employee Dumped $8M in Pricy Wine
Andrea di Gisi poured 16K gallons of wine down drain: police
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2012 8:47 AM CST
A disgruntled employee is being blamed for the destruction of nearly $8 million of Brunello de Montalcino wine from the Case Basse estate in Tuscany.   (vinifera78)

(Newser) – At least the criminals who stole $18 million in maple syrup were in it for the money. The Italian man who allegedly destroyed nearly $8 million in Brunello di Montalcino wine in early December was just pissed off. Italian police say Andrea di Gisi, a disgruntled employee at the Case Basse vineyard, dumped 10 barrels containing 16,400 gallons of the estate's Soldera wine down the drain on the night of Dec. 2, reports Reuters. Bottles bearing the Soldera label start at $140.

Di Gisi had worked at the winery for five years, but fought frequently with Gianfranco Soldera, the 75-year-old patriarch of the estate, say police. Their relationship reportedly grew worse after Soldera gave an apartment on the grounds to another employee instead of di Gisi. Investigators suspected di Gisi could have been behind the crime, and tapped his phone; they reportedly heard him talking about washing wine out of his clothes. A pair of his jeans are now being tested for evidence.

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fractal
Dec 21, 2012 3:28 PM CST
Revenge behavior was pretty well scared out of me by catholic schools, but I have to say, he must have been giggling with glee when he did this. I can appreciate his act from afar...
whattodo
Dec 21, 2012 12:12 PM CST
Be reasonable, a man working in a vineyard? it would be perfectly reasonable to have splashes of wine on his clothing, which needed to be washed out. Even in Italy, the Law states that a man is innocent until he is proven to be guilty in a Court of Law.
Aitchondo
Dec 21, 2012 9:57 AM CST
Hang him!... from the highest grape vine! Long live beer.