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400,000 bottles of sparkling wine from a historic Italian winery were destroyed

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Vandals reportedly broke into the Conte Vistarino winery in northern Italy and drained 400,000 bottles' worth of sparkling wine on Thursday.

The incident, reported Sunday by The Telegraph, represents a loss of roughly $530,000 at an estate that has hosted royalty. Nothing else was stolen or damaged.

Employees arrived to see the grounds soaked in grape juice drained from huge fermentation tanks, where the juice was slowly maturing into wine.

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Giorgi di Vistarino

Widespread wine fraud

Wineries in the region are accused of mixing inferior grapes with their Pinot Grigio to cut costs, The Telegraph reports. The Conte Vistarino estate is not suspected of taking part in the fraud, and the family says it has no idea who vandalized its wine.

This actually happens a lot

Wine vandalism is not uncommon in Italy. In 2012, vandals drained nearly $14 million of wine in Tuscany, also during an investigation for wine "cutting."

As demand for wine grows -- especially sparkling wines -- some wineries are accused of cutting corners.

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