Whoops! $1 million worth of wine spilled
More than 5,000 bottles of Australian wine won't be in glasses after a forklift accident Thursday.
July 22nd, 2011
08:00 AM ET

Whoops! $1 million worth of wine spilled

A malfunctioning forklift dropped 462 cases of wine in Australia on Thursday, a spill with a price tag of more than $1 million.

The 5,544 bottles of 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove shiraz, with a price tag of $185 a bottle,  fell almost 20 feet to ground of a wharf in Port Adelaide as the forklift was loading it for shipment abroad, according to media reports.

"We just couldn't believe it," winemaker Sparky Marquis said in a report on Adelaide Now. "As you can imagine, this wine is our pride and joy. To see it accidentally destroyed, and not consumed, has left us all a bit numb.

"The container manager said that when his team came and told him what had happened, he was looking around for cameras to see if it was a 'gotcha' hoax. He realised it was serious when nobody was laughing," Adelaide Now quotes Marquis as saying.

Marquis told ABC.net that only one carton among the 462 was undamaged. His staff was searching through the others to see if any other bottles may have escaped.

"All of the bottles are in the cool store and we're just having to go through every single bottle, check it first of all to see if it has any cap seal damage to it, in which case it just gets immediately discarded," ABC.net quotes him as saying.

The lost wine represents a third of his company's output for a year.

Brett McCarthur of Kerry Logistics, the company which operated the forklift, told Adelaide Now his company moves tens of thousands of heavy containers each year.

"We move hundreds of pallets a day filled with sand and even stuff that it wouldn't matter if you dropped it from 50 feet in the air, but the only premium container had to be the one," McCarthur was quoted as saying.

Marquis said he was working with insurers to get compensated for his loss.

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soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. Andy

    "A malfunctioning forklift" Classic. Blame it on the machine.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anthony

    Geez! No need to wine about it!

    July 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patrick

    Do-Oh!

    July 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan-O

    I hate wine just give me a Keystone................Smooth Always!!

    July 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. si

    Sorry for the loss

    July 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Spaceman

    dam I should'nt had that bottle – it was the other lever

    July 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MATT

    Please at least tell me it was something crappy like Yellowtail!

    July 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Did you read the article? Mollydooker.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Prometheus Unbound

    ouch!

    July 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim

    "Every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my head. Remember when I took that wine-tasting class and forgot how to drive?" – Homer Simpson

    July 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dwerbil

    Hey, all you punsters here.....
    Put a cork in it.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. matrix09

    Awww, that's so sad. A bunch of rich folks won't get their $185.00 dollar a bottle wine. I don't think I'll be able to sleep tonight.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tracy

    How much per bottle will that last carton of wine be? That could make for a very interesting auction.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. neptonomist sentry

    Is it bad that I think this is a bigger tragedy than what's going on in Norway?

    July 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. thainana

    This job was one in my dream of job that I want to do .
    Very Cool. But sure that you've a good Taste, touch, smell for this job, If sure that all is you , don't wait anything go straight to find this job . Good Luck guy!

    July 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John B

    I volunteer to check the bottles for free. You don't have to pay me one cent. Please just loan me a cheese knife and leave me alone for a few days.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
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