It happened on the night between Sunday, December 2 and Monday, December 3.
According to a press release
on the winery's website, unknown people broke into the cellar at Case Basse.
They did not steal a single bottle, but in "an extremely serious act of deliberate criminal vandalism for the whole area, they opened the valves of 10 barrels of 6 vintages of future Brunello di Montalcino: 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012."
The winery reports losses amounting to 62,600 liters of Brunello, resulting in considerable economic damage.
The wine that ran down the drain could have a retail value of $21 million, a huge financial loss for the owner Gianfranco Soldera
and his family.
says he cannot imagine why anyone would do such a thing.
According to Mauro Soldera, Gianfranco's son, he and his family have never received any threats, but he believes that this is, "a true act of the mafia."