Italy: cheap grapes in fancy wines

“The companies under investigation include prestigious wines from Pordenone, Udine, Treviso, Venice, Padova, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Ravenna, Florence, Livorno, Naples and several cities in Puglia. The prosecution has not released a full list of brands involved, but is expected to do so in the coming days as search warrants are served and further inspections are carried out.”

Are you saying that there’s corruption and conspiracy by Italians? Say it ain’t so!

Quick… Name a prestigious wine from any of those regions


Adulterated with Brunello, perhaps?

Chianti Classico good enough for you? Some prestigious Super-Tuscans are produced there as well.

“The suspected fraudulent wines are fortunately not dangerous to drink—nor are they necessarily even bad tasting—but they aren’t worth what they are being sold for.”

Well, kudos to the winemakers for making the cheap grapes taste good enough to cuvée into the meld with the more expensive ones so that nobody complained. The market will dictate what the finished product is worth. If a great wine drops in quality, nobody will pay the extra cost over a less expensive bottle that’s just as good.

I have a one word response to that: “Rudy”