Arson: Co-operative group Vinadeis in shock

Friday August 12 2016 by Vitisphere

Sudvin facilities belonging to co-operative group Vinadeis was set fire to by militant group CRAV, during the night of July 19/20. “The fire caused serious material damage to the premises which were officially opened last May but fortunately there were no casualties”, said the co-operative group in a low-key press statement. The group goes on to say that “a complaint has been filed to denounce these acts of vandalism”.

With media coverage by local television network France 3 Languedoc-Roussillon, the acts were perpetrated by around thirty wine growers who ransacked and set fire to the office building, but did not touch the vats, which were empty at the time. According to a hooded member of the militant group, “The harvest is just one month away and wineries are full because wine is being brought in from abroad. The producers’ groups are the primary culprits of this because they import cheap wines”.

The lightening raid on the Sudvin facilities again marks escalating tension in the region which last April led to five tankers carrying Spanish wine to be emptied on the border and an Aude wine grower to fall victim to an arson attack, claimed by CRAV, at the start of July. Anger is being vented because loadings across the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region are clearly disappointing at the end of the financial year.

 

Source: Vitisphere. Photo: Vinadeis

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